4 Types of Safety Gloves

I’m Linda Petterson, a Certified Food Safety Instructor/Proctor with ServSafe of the National Restaurant Association and with Always Food Safe. To prevent injury while in the kitchen, consider the best safety glove for the job. Here are 4 types of gloves available to you:

1. Cut Protection Gloves – Cuts are one of the most common injuries in the kitchen. Cut-Protection gloves can help give your fingers an extra layer of defense when a slip of the knife occurs. Keep in mind, while cut-protection gloves are cut-resistant they are not cut-proof, and the risk of laceration is still there.

2. Thermal Protection/Oven Gloves – Did you know that it only takes 1 second to produce a 3rd-degree burn? Burns are a very serious injury, and one of the easiest to prevent. Oven mitts provide excellent protection against hot ovens. For tasks like filtering fryer oil, consider oil-resistant oven mitts.

3: Chemical Protection – Knives and ovens are the obvious place for injury in the kitchen, but what about the sink? Sinks can be a risk for another type of burn: chemical burn. Heavy duty cleaning solutions and sanitizers are full of chemicals that may or may not react well with your skin. Protect your hands with heavy weight, solid rubber gloves.

4: Latex, Nitrile and Synthetic Gloves – Tight fitting gloves made of latex, nitrile or synthetic material are commonly worn in kitchens during food prep like cutting, because they allow you to keep a good grip on the knife. If you are allergic to latex, nitrile and synthetic are the perfect alternatives.

Hope you enjoyed learning the 4 Types of Safety Gloves! Remember to always be safe in the kitchen.