The use of disposable gloves in the automotive industry has grown immensely. Many technicians are constantly working with oil, grease, and hazardous substances that can present a safety risk. Without the right protection, these substances can pose a threat to a technician’s skin. Health risks include nerve damage, weakness of affected areas, and even paralysis. That makes the right protective gear key for automotive safety.
The use of disposable gloves in the industry can provide mechanics and technicians with the barrier protection they need between their hands and the many chemicals they encounter.
Several glove materials are well known for automotive use, more specifically latex and nitrile. Latex gloves are moderately puncture-resistant and conform well to the user’s hand. However, latex gloves have a lower puncture resistance than other materials. There is potential for puncture while wearing the glove, which may not be safe depending upon the materials and solvents being used. We recommend using a powder-free latex glove. The powdered gloves can damage the integrity of a vehicle’s finishes, varnishes, and sealants. This can also weaken the seal around the glass when installing windows and windshields.
Nitrile is the other suitable disposable glove material for the automotive industry. It is known as a more durable solution that doesn’t have the allergy concerns of latex. This material can withstand many chemicals and solvents including grease, oil, and gasoline, meaning mechanics and technicians can use fewer pairs while still obtaining reliable protection. Nitrile also provides the key benefit of puncture resistance, which is crucial when working with sharp objects. The downside is that nitrile doesn’t have the elasticity of latex but it will conform to the hand as the glove is warmed by body temperature.
Many mechanics choose to use nitrile gloves for chemical resistance, but both can be great heavy-duty gloves that withstand intense use. Zoomget has a large variety of heavy-duty nitrile and latex gloves that are preferred by technicians and mechanics.