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HAND PROTECTION: What is Glove Gauge?

Glove Gauge, Choosing Correct Gauge, Hand Safety, Hand Protection, Safety Gloves
2 min
Worker Wearing Safety Gloves In Construction


Safety gloves are essential in various industries to protect workers from hazards. Among the numerous factors to consider when selecting safety gloves, the glove gauge plays a crucial role. Understanding the importance of glove gauge can help ensure optimal protection and performance for different tasks.


What is Glove Gauge?

The glove gauge refers to the thickness of the glove material, typically measured in mils (thousandths of an inch) or gauge numbers. Higher gauge numbers indicate thinner gloves, while lower gauge numbers signify thicker gloves. For instance, a 15-gauge glove is thinner than a 7-gauge glove.


Importance of Glove GaugeRedefining Hand Protection Brochure

  1. Protection Level
    • Thicker Gloves (Lower Gauge): Provide better protection against cuts, abrasions, punctures, and chemical exposure. Ideal for heavy-duty tasks such as construction, metal handling, and chemical processing.
    • Thinner Gloves (Higher Gauge): Offer less physical protection but provide better dexterity and tactile sensitivity. Suitable for precision tasks like electronics assembly, laboratory work, and small parts handling.
  1. Dexterity and Comfort
    • High Dexterity: Thinner gloves enhance dexterity, making it easier to handle small or delicate items. They also tend to be more comfortable for extended wear.
    • Enhanced Comfort: Thinner gloves are generally lighter and more flexible, reducing hand fatigue during prolonged use.
  1. Specific Task Suitability
    • Task Matching: Selecting the appropriate glove gauge is critical for matching the glove's performance to the task. For example, a high-gauge glove would be unsuitable for handling sharp objects but perfect for intricate assembly work.
    • Safety Compliance: Ensuring that the glove gauge aligns with industry safety standards and specific job requirements is essential for compliance and worker safety.
  1. Cost and Longevity
    • Durability: Thicker gloves are usually more durable and have a longer lifespan, making them cost-effective for rigorous applications.
    • Frequent Replacement: Thinner gloves might need more frequent replacement, especially in harsh working environments, but they can be more economical for tasks requiring high precision and less exposure to hazards.


Selecting the right glove gauge is vital for ensuring both safety and efficiency in the workplace. By understanding the specific needs of the task at hand and the protection levels required, safety managers can choose gloves that provide the best balance of protection, dexterity, and comfort. Always consider the glove gauge as a key factor in your PPE selection process to maintain a safe and productive work environment.


For tailored advice on selecting the appropriate glove gauge for your specific needs, feel free to reach out to our safety experts. Your safety is our priority!

PIP Glove Sizing Chart for Download

Print the chart at 100% and place your hand over the graphic to choose the right size glove.  Contact us if you would like a sample glove for your employees.





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