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What’s the Skinny on Thickness Gradient?


Barrier protection is the main reason why workers are required to wear single use (SU) gloves while performing certain tasks. Whether it’s to protect a worker’s hands from the exterior environment or to protect a surface from SU glove-based contamination, a failure in the glove’s barrier is a serious drawback. A significant contributor to the risk of barrier failure is the variances of glove thickness.

SW Safety Solutions Inc: Modulus Thickness

Material thickness contributes to durability as well as elasticity, or the modulus, which can adversely affect the user’s performance.


Due to the dipping processes used when making SU gloves, thickness typically varies from finger to palm to cuff. When choosing a single use glove, material thickness appropriate for the application should be of main concern.


Although it may seem trivial, there is a delicate balance in managing the precise thickness of a glove. It needs to be thick enough to ensure user safety and not accidentally tear at the cuff as the glove is being pulled on or rip at the fingers, while working with sharp objects.


This protective barrier must also withstand external elements and not deteriorate while working with chemicals, yet stay thin enough at the fingers to allow for optimum dexterity.


A similar thickness gradient across the entire glove delivers a stronger, more protective environment, so make sure you look for SU gloves that offer a high level of gradient control.