Lab Safety: Finding the Right Fit for Safety Gloves

GloveSizeImageWith June as National Safety Month, Cole-Parmer puts the spotlight on Lab Safety items to protect workers. Today, our focus is on safety gloves and how the right fit actually enhances safety.

To make sure you get safety gloves that fit, measure the circumference of your hand around the palm area with fingers together and hand relaxed. This measurement in inches is closest to your actual glove size. For example, 7″ is equal to a size 7 glove. Sizes may vary between different manufacturers and styles. Except where mentioned, gloves are sized according to men’s hands. For easy size comparison, see table below.

Numerical size







General size






Glove Features: Types of Cuff Design

Pinked Cuff

Pinked Cuff

A Pinked Cuff has a zigzag appearance and catches drips in the cuff. A Straight Cuff protects skin from chemical run-off. A Rolled Cuff allows for hassle-free donning and removal. A Knitwrist Cuff absorbs perspiration and adds temperature protection. A Gauntlet Cuff has a flared design and extended length to protect wrist and forearm.

Glove Length Chart

Glove Length Chart

Glove Length

To determine the correct glove length you need, measure from the tip of the middle finger to where the cuff edge should be on the wrist or arm; then select the proper cuff and length.


For Safety Glove Chemical Compatibility

Use our Safety Glove Chemical Compatibility Database on to select the right glove for the job. Stop sorting through paper charts and searching through multiple web sites. This interactive database contains chemical test data for over 150 chemicals from a variety of glove manufacturers. Simply:

  1. Select your chemical
  2. View the ratings of the gloves tested and select the one you want
  3. Get all the details on your glove selection

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