Protective gloves, types and applications!

Have you ever stopped to think that all work tools go through your hands? 25% of accidents happen with your hands, but do you know which is the right protective glove to protect your hands from punctures, scratches, and cuts? In this article, Mundo da Elétrica talks about protective gloves.


All daily tasks are performed with the hands, which we do not even stop to remember the importance, that the hands have in our routine. Whether for making a call, cutting food, opening doors, carrying out various repairs etc. Our hands are always on the front line helping to carry out various activities.

According to the survey by the Statistical Yearbook of Social Security, among cuts, perforations and scratches, 1 in 4 accidents at work involve the hands, that is, 25% of accidents. For this reason, we always need to think about the well-being of our hands and protect them from risks. An effective way to protect your hands is by using a protective glove.

Safety gloves were created by the need to protect your hands when performing tasks and can be found in different models, sizes and materials. Protective gloves are  PPE intended for the protection of hands and upper limbs and must have the Certificate of Approval (CA) from the Ministry of Labor and Employment (MTE) to prove their protection effectiveness against daily risks.

Types – Protective Gloves


There are different types of protective gloves for each task when performed, which can be disposable or reusable according to use. Therefore, it is always important to use the correct glove for each case and pay attention to the manufacturer’s guidelines on how to preserve and use it. We find several varieties of protective gloves such as:

  • Steel Mesh Gloves: it has a high mechanical resistance protecting against sharp tools, they are made of good quality stainless steel and the most possible resistance. Steel mesh gloves are used in refrigerators, slaughterhouses, butchers, fishmongers etc.
  • High Voltage Gloves: they are made of rubber, offer protection against electric shocks and severe burns caused by electric shocks, and can have an insulation capacity of 500 to 40,000 volts. High voltage gloves are used in the area of ​​electrical maintenance of industries and electrical networks in general.
  • PVC gloves: they are resistant to chemicals, cuts and abrasion on a smaller scale, they are used in washing parts in corrosive materials, handling acids, greases, etc.
  • Vaqueta Glove: made of thick leather that can protect your hands well, with extra leather protection on the palm. One of the great advantages of the vaquita glove is that because it is thick, it avoids immediate burns if you touch your hands in very hot places. The vaquita glove is used in almost all areas of work such as body shop, assembly of metal structures, welding work, carpentry work, and many others.

Protective gloves to perform various tasks.

Disadvantage – Protective Gloves

A disadvantage that many people complain about some gloves is that the sensitivity to pick up small objects is greatly affected. We agree with that, but everything is a matter of custom. After all, it is better to have some of the affected sensitivity than a hand injury.

Safety should always come first, so always wear protective gloves when performing any task that puts your hands at risk, thus protecting your hands. Below is a video from the Mundo da Elétrica channel, showing protective gloves for electricians.