Polyvinyl chloride, better known as PVC, is a thermoplastic polymer that is used to coat the outside of gloves in order to provide protection from chemicals, punctures, cuts and abrasion. This variety of protective gloves are used in a number of job fields to protect from various potential hazards. The types of PVC gloves include safety gloves, medical gloves, lab gloves and industrial gloves.
PVC safety gloves are worn by warehouse workers, farmers, agriculturists, construction workers and commercial fisherman to protect their hands from the cold weather, possible puncture wounds and abrasions. This type of PVC gloves are foam lined, single dipped and are cinched at the wrist, for extra insulation against the elements. These gloves are distinguishable in that they also have a liquid resistant coating to keep them flexible when used in sub-zero temperatures.
Medical gloves are another variety of gloves that may be PVC coated. The PVC coating provides extra protection from blood-borne pathogens and other bodily fluids, due to its intense strength and puncture resistance. They are also latex-free, making them perfect for people with sensitive skin. What distinguishes this kind of PVC gloves from the others is that they are ultra-thin, providing fingertip sensitivity, for working with needles and other fine instruments.
Lab gloves are worn by chemists, due to the fact that they protect the skin from coming into contact with harsh chemicals, such as acids. PVC gloves are cut and puncture resistant, meaning chemicals can't enter the gloves, should an accident occur. They come in gauntlet or wrist lengths, making them perfect for all laboratory projects. PVC lab gloves are also flexible, allowing for ease of movement when working with small or fragile objects.
Industrial gloves are worn by people in the heavy equipment industry. This variety of PVC gloves are also heat resistant, making them perfect for working on hot machinery. They are chemical, puncture, cut and abrasion resistant. The crinkle finish on the palm and fingers provide non-slip gripping abilities to prevent the frequency of accidents.
In order for PVC gloves to provide the ultimate protection, they must fit properly. Gloves that are to large will permit chemicals to enter through the cuffs, or slip off during use. Gloves that are too small are likely to tear, or not fully cover the hand, leaving it exposed to chemicals, heat or sharp objects. A properly fitting glove will fit snugly, but still allow the user to make a fist. The gloves should be worn for the job in which they were designed, as not all gloves are created equal.