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Safety Glove Size Chart

Quick Tips #306

When a hazard assessment identifies a need for hand protection, it is the responsibility of the employer to determine the best glove for the task at hand. No matter the type (anti-vibration, chemical resistant, cut resistant, etc.), once the glove is selected, then proper sizing comes into play.

Ordering gloves too small or too large can result in job completion delays, as well as possible hand injuries. If too small, the gloves can be uncomfortable and cause hand fatigue. If the glove material is stretched beyond its capabilities, it could tear or rip easily when in use, which is wasteful, costly and increases the possibility of injury due to an unprotected hand. A glove that is too small can also compromise hand dexterity for the wearer, so the chances of the end user wearing the glove for the intended purpose is reduced. Then again, when you select hand protection that is too large it may literally be pulled off the hand.

How to Determine Glove Size

It is important to know how to measure the hand to get a proper fitting glove. Measuring the hand for correct fit will help to give the employee the best possible protection.

One method used to find the correct glove size is to measure around the dominant hand with a soft cloth tape measure as shown below. The dominant hand measurement is preferred (right if you are right-handed and left if you are left-handed).


Use a tape measure to measure around your hand.

If the gloves you are purchasing come in numbered sizes, you can correlate the inch measurement directly to the numerical size listed for the glove. For example, if the measurement taken is 8 inches, then you would select a size 8 glove. If the measurement is over 8 inches, then the next size larger should be selected to avoid hand fatigue from wearing a glove that's too small. If the gloves you are purchasing come in lettered sizes, such as XS, S, M, L or XL, these can be converted to a numerical size for easy selection using the following glove size chart:

Men's Sizes
Size Inch cm
XS 7 18
S 7 1/2-8 20
M 8 1/2-9 23
L 9 1/2-10 25
XL 10 1/2-11 28
Women's Sizes
Size Inch cm
XS 6 15
S 6 1/2 17
M 7 18
L 7 1/2 19
XL 8 20

Source: Turtleskin Glove/Warwick Mills, Inc.

Another method to determine glove size is measuring finger length. This is done by measuring from the bottom edge of the palm to the tip of the middle finger as illustrated below.

Illustration :: Alternate way

Measurement (Inches) Glove Size
6-5/16 XS
7-3/4 S
7-3/16 M
7-9/16 L
8-1/16 XL
8-7/16+ XXL

Source: Turtleskin Glove/Warwick Mills, Inc.

Identifying the Proper Glove Length

Since many gloves are offered in different lengths, it is important to determine the length of the glove you will need based on the task. Typically, the ideal length of the glove can vary depending on depth of immersion in a solution or the level of splash protection required. To ensure the best protection of your hand, wrist and forearm, use this guide as a template for length measurement, and measure the length of your arm.

Arm lengths-how to get a proper fit.

Taking the time to accurately measure and select the correct glove size for your employees is crucial in providing adequate hand protection. Without correct-fitting gloves, your employees have a higher risk of remaining unprotected in the workplace, which can lead to unwanted hand injuries.


Quick Tips #166: Chemical Resistance Guide for Gloves
Quick Tips #192: Hazard Assessment Form
Quick Tips #301: Cut-Resistant Glove Selection and Use

(Rev. 6/2015)

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