Key questions to ask yourself are:
A Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) should be conducted to determine the specific hazards the glove needs to protect the employee from, and in many cases, this can be done very quickly with simple observation. OSHA produced a free downloadable booklet detailing everything one would need to perform this analysis and can be found here.
You will also need to observe the physical environment where the gloves will be worn. Will the user’s hands get hot and sweaty? Does the person need a thin glove to feel and handle parts? Do they use a touch screen? Will the hand get wet? If so, what kind of liquid: water, oil, gas, acid, etc.? Will they need to remove and put on the gloves to perform actions?
You’ll also need to ask your employees about their glove preferences. What do they like and dislike in their gloves? Are they more worried about cuts or a secure grip? The use of gloves is a personal thing, and while you may not be able to make everyone happy, you will likely find a glove that they will satisfy them enough so that they wear the gloves regularly. That is the goal of buying the right coated gloves: To find a glove your employees actually wear consistently.
All of these considerations will help you determine the proper glove. Regardless of the cost; if the glove fits, is comfortable, and protects the employee hands; the employee will keep the glove on and will keep them and your organization safe. This will improve moral & productivity while reducing hand injuries and worker’s comp costs. When you weigh the cost of the glove against the clear benefits of ensuring your people wear them, it’s clear that the gloves will pay for themselves.