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 Are Your Gloves Fit for Purpose? Getting the correct glove coating for the job



When selecting the right glove for the job, the requirements for performance, fit and comfort will vary from application to application. Knowing which gloves are best suited to the tasks at hand will help to greatly increase worker safety and productivity.

Check out the features, limitation and ideal applications when it comes to glove coatings to help get the correct glove for the job:


Flat nitrile

Features: High abrasion and snag resistance, smooth finish and tacky.

Limitations: Less soft means faster hand fatigue. “Soapy” in wet environments.

Applications: Automotive, transportation, assembly, packing, machinery, construction.

Foam nitrile

Features: A chemically foamed sponge coatings makes these gloves softer and more flexible than flat nitrile and ideal for dry and oily applications.

Limitations: Due to the porous structure, moisture penetration is high. Less durable than flat and sponge nitrile.

Applications: Material handling, automotive, construction, manufacturing, engineering, assembly, inspection.


Features: A lightweight, flexible, durable grip coating that features good abrasion and puncture resistance. This coating is incredibly popular in a wide range of applications.

Limitations: Porous and highly permeable.

Applications: Detailed assembly, light fabrication, small parts handling, inspection.

Nautral latex

Features: Flexible and more resistant to abrasion compared with PU and Nitrile, natural rubber latex features an excellent dry grip.

Limitations: Heat sensitive with less abrasion resistance that PU or Nitrile and can break down in the presence of oil. Latex proteins can cause allergic reactions for some users.

Applications: Material handling, packing, construction, manufacturing, glass handling, agriculture.

Sandy nitrile

Features: High abrasion resistance and more elastic and form fitting compared to other nitrile coatings. Excellent in oily situations and very good in wet environments.

Limitations: Due to porous structure, moisture penetration is high, not as durable as Flat and Sponge Nitrile.

Applications: Material handling, automotive, construction, manufacturing, engineering, assembly, inspection.


Features: A coating with a higher resistance to heat wholst providing a secure grip in wet, oily and dry environments to reduce slippage and tension in the hands.

Limitations: Less resistant to snags or abrasions than Nitrile or Latex. Slight solvent odour.

Applications: Mining, construction, automotive, forestry.

Do the gloves you wear everyday on the job satisfy your needs for performance, protection and comfort?

To assist in making sure Australian workers are getting the right fit, Blackwoods, has teamed up with the world’s most trusted supplier of hand protection solutions, Ansell, to give companies the chance to find out about, and try, the best options in the hand protection space. 

If you:

·       Have been using the same gloves for the last few years just because that’s what you’ve always done

·       Want to find out how advancements in new materials and manufacturing techniques of gloves are helping companies improve performance and productivity

·       Feel you’re not using the best possible gloves for the task at hand

·       Are uncomfortable wearing your gloves throughout the day

·       Are having to replace your gloves more often than you like

Then the Try & Buy program could be right for you.

Whether you require cut protection, chemical protection, multi-purpose or disposable gloves, with 16 different glove type available to sample, the Try & Buy program offers a solution for almost any application.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT  the Ansell Try & Buy page to find out more about the range of gloves available and to order a sample.