At VeiligGoed we have a lot of experience with counselling and delivering hand protection. We always have the well-known brands in stock, so we can deliver quickly.  

Your hands are the most important tools during your work, but also the most vulnerable part of your body; around 35% of industrial injury involves the hands. Often this injury is caused by sharp objects, but also by heat or chemicals.

Therefore, it is highly important to adjust the hand protection to the risk. There are loads of different types of gloves with different protective properties.

Which different types of gloves are available?

  • Assembly gloves; 
  • Leather gloves; 
  • Gloves for working with chemicals; 
  • Cut-protection safety gloves; 
  • Liquid-tight gloves; 
  • Electrically insulating gloves; 
  • Anti-vibration gloves; 
  • Gloves with impact protection; 
  • Gloves for specific use. 

Standards for gloves

Standards for gloves 

EN 420 

EN 388 

EN ISO 374 

EN 407 

EN 421 

EN 511 

EN 1082 

EN 659 

EN 12477 

EN 60903 

EN ISO 10819 

EN 381-7 

General requirements 

Protection against mechanical hazards 

Protection against chemicals and micro-organisms

Protection against thermal hazards (heat and/or fire) 

Protection against ionising radiation and radioactive contamination 

Protection against cold 

Protection against cutting and stabbing injury, due to hand knives 

Protection for fire fighters 

Protection for welding activities 

Protection for working on live parts 

Protection against mechanical vibration and shocks 

Protection for users of chain saws 


In addition to the safety requirements, comfort is essential aspect of the work, because you will need to be able to work while wearing gloves, for a longer period of time. For gloves, this depends on three aspects: 

  1. Ventilation: this can be realised, for instance, by wearing assembly gloves of which the back is not entirely coated or, in case of chemical gloves, to select a flocklined model.
  2. Fingertip sensitivity: this depends on the type and the thickness of the coating (fabric). Latex, for instance, is an ideal coating for moist conditions, but in the event of oil, it will ensure loss of grip. In the event nitrile it is the other way around and you will have more grip when handling oil than when dealing with water.
  3. Size: obviously, the size plays a role in the work comfort. Gloves that are too small will start to pinch, while too large ones will ensure loss of grip. Most gloves are available in sizes 7 to 11. 
Wearing Construction Safety Gloves Closeup Photo. Caucasian Contractor Preparing For a Job.


A glove basically consists of two parts: the liner (basis), made of textile or cotton, with a coating on top which forms the protective layer. The type of coating is selected, depending on the function. Please find below the most common coatings. 

   Nitrile  PU  Latex 
Coating  Little sticky Light and breathing Flexible and soft
Grip Grip in case of dry work dry work  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Grip in case of water No  Yes  Yes 
Grip in case of oil Yes  Yes  No 
Suitable for heavy duty No  No  Yes, laminated coating

Other materials

  • PVC: flexible, wear-free and moisture-resistant. Ideal for working with oils and fats; 
  • Neoprene: supple fabric for wet and cold working conditions; 
  • PVA: polyvinyl alcohol is resistant against strong organic solvents. Not suitable for water; 
  • VitonViton: flexible fabric against certain chemical risks; 
  • Butyl rubber: resistant against acids, lye and vapours. Remains elastic at low temperatures.
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Phone: +31 184 434 455


The selection of hand protection is a meticulous matter. Take your risk-inventory or H&S catalogue as a starting point and seek advice from our PPE-consultants. This way, you will comply with the laws and regulations and additionally, you can guarantee the safety at work.

Julian Bal - Strategic PPE advisor

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