Our guide to safe hands on the worksite

Whether you’re accomplishing tasks at home or work, there’s a good chance you’ll need safety gloves. But do you know what kind of gloves you need?

Finding your way around such a vast selection can be difficult, but we are here to guide you. Also, it’s essential to keep in mind that more than 39,000 work-related accidents per year in Canada are associated with hand, finger or wrist injuries.

What about construction and related industries?

They account for more than 35% of hand injuries in Canada each year!

Then, choosing the right pair of gloves makes perfect sense.

There are two critical criteria to check before selecting a pair of work gloves. First, you must consider the risks associated with your job and then analyze your personal needs.

Let’s take a look at that.

What are the risks?

When you work, your hands come into contact with many objects that can injure them. In addition, the conditions in which you work can also affect your hands.

This is why several types of gloves exist. They each respond to one or more specific risks.


Working with sharp objects is very dangerous. To avoid cutting yourself, you need gloves with good cut resistance.

The cut protection of work gloves is determined by the level of cut resistance offered, according to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Work gloves are rated according to the ANSI 105-2016 standard from A1 through A9 (A1 being the lowest cut resistance and A9 being the highest).

Kosto Cut-Resistant Work Gloves

  • SPI code: MKV349
  • Cut resistance: A5
  • Made of high-density polyethylene (HPPE) 13-gauge steel fiber
  • Foam nitrile-coated palm and fingers
  • Excellent grip in a slightly oily environment
  • Elastic wrist
  • The breathable material on the back offers additional comfort
  • Touchscreen compatible


Kosto Polyurethane-Coated Cut-Resistant Work Gloves

  • SPI code: MKV018
  • Cut resistance: A2
  • Abrasion resistance: EN 388 Level 4
  • Excellent grip in slightly oily environments
  • Made of high-density polyethylene
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent breathability
  • Elastic wrist
  • Ergonomic design reduces hand fatigue
  • Keep hands cool



The wear and friction created by rough surfaces when in contact with work gloves is called abrasion. Abrasion can lead to heavy wear and tear on gloves that will eventually puncture and put your hands at risk.

Therefore, you need gloves made of strong and durable materials.

Kosto Full-Grain Leather Work Gloves with Cotton Back

  • SPI code: MGG001
  • Made of cowhide leather and cotton
  • Secure and comfortable fit
  • The rigid safety cuff ensures extra wrist and arm protection
  • Long leather palms
  • Leather bands at the joints
  • Elastic wrist



If you work in the mechanical industry, you need gloves that can dampen and reduce vibrations. The consequences associated with vibrations can be disastrous for the worker.

Kosto Anti-vibration Mechanic Work Gloves with Optimized Palm Padding

  • SPI code: MKC090
  • Protect workers from impact and vibration
  • Made of a washable synthetic leather palm
  • Feature an optimized neoprene palm padding at pressure points
  • Slightly padded back made of elastic mesh
  • Ventilation holes on finger sides provide better comfort
  • Wide wrist openings ensure a quick fit


What about your personal needs?

Working with the right level of protection is very important. However, you should not forget your personal needs.

You want your work gloves to meet your needs for comfort, dexterity and utility.


Comfortable gloves are often made of soft, lightweight materials that are gentle on the worker’s skin. To avoid irritation and itching, these gloves are ideal.

In addition, it is important to fit the gloves properly and choose the right size. A glove that is too large can rub regularly and be easily removed, while a glove that is too small can become very uncomfortable for the user.

That’s why there are several choices of sizes available to meet everyone’s comfort needs.

Kosto Polyester and Cotton Knit Work Gloves

  • SPI code: MGJ011
  • Perfect for general-purpose tasks
  • Lightweight polyester-cotton blend
  • Elastic wrist
  • A sturdy choice for a glove liner


Breathability and touchscreen compatibility

Working in hot, humid conditions can make your hands uncomfortable. To avoid this, the breathable material installed on the back of some gloves allows for excellent breathability.

Also, touchscreen compatibility is welcome if you have to use a cell phone.

Kosto Nitrile-Coated Polyester Work Gloves

  • SPI code: MKC117
  • Made of seamless 13-gauge polyester
  • Feature nitrile-coated palms and fingers
  • Excellent grip in slightly oily environments
  • Snags and abrasion-resistant
  • Touchscreen compatible
  • The back of the hand offers breathability
  • Elastic wristband protects against debris
  • Cut resistance EN 388 Level 1



You will need thin, flexible work gloves for some more precise work. This way, you benefit from gloves that give you excellent dexterity when handling small parts.

Kosto Sheepskin Driver Style Work Gloves

  • SPI code: MGG044
  • Made of premium A/B grade sheepskin leather
  • Thin and comfortable
  • Feature a wing thumb
  • Elastic wrist band
  • No lining for a better tactile sensitivity
  • Ideal for fine dexterity work


Can’t find what you are looking for?

For all your protection needs and personal preferences, Kosto has a pair of gloves for you.

Discover the benefits of choosing Kosto products and browse through the many work gloves available to you.

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