Which glove is best suited for you?

Health professionals and food processing workers each have their own requirements and preferences. Disposable glove manufacturers offer a lot of choice. How to make a selection? Check out our guide below so you can make an informed choice. *



Both types of gloves may be suitable but the medical grade is superior. Medical gloves have an AQL of 1.5% vs. industrial gloves and food grade gloves that have an AQL of 4% or more (pinhole test). They have fewer flaws and breaches. This is particularly important to avoid contamination. MedSec guarantees that our gloves are safe and suitable for use in food service and food processing. Please be reassured that all medical gloves are approved by Health Canada. MedSec LEIM / MDL licenses # (Class II): 105631, 106051, 106080.  



Latex: Medical gloves flexible, offering sensitivity to the touch, fairly resistant and moderately affordable, but can cause allergic reactions in some users. These are the preferred gloves of some dentists and manicurists.

Nitrile: Medical gloves that are fitted, hypoallergenic and soft, ideal for many applications: medical, pharmaceutical, veterinary, home care, janitorial, beauty and food processing. They have good resistance to punctures and chemicals. However, they are more expensive. 

Vinyl: Medical gloves that are loose fitting, smooth and hypoallergenic ideal for several applications: health and safety, home care, janitorial, beauty and food processing. They are affordable but less resistant to punctures. MedSec brand vinyl gloves do not contain DEHP / DOP.

Hybrid: There are also hybrid gloves which are a mixture of two materials such as vinyl and nitrile. The gloves have properties of both materials. They are at the midpoint.    

Polyethylene (PE): This includes HDPE, LDPE, CPE and TPE gloves. These non-medical gloves are large, transparent and affordable gloves ideal for food service and food processing. They are appreciated for their durability but they are not very resistant to punctures due to their thinness. 



Measure your dominate hand. Circle your palm with a tape measure at the first knuckle. If you are going to double the gloves, measure with your cotton gloves on.

Adult-unisex size chart 

Size Metric Imperial
XS 15-18 cm 6-7 "
S 18-20 cm 7-8 "
M 20-23 cm 8-9 "
L 23-25 cm 9-10 "
XL 25-28 cm 10-11 "
XXL 28-30 cm 11-12 "



The medical gloves are measured in mil (1 mil = 0.0254 mm). Gloves are sold according to their thickness in the palm of the hand. They are generally thicker in the fingers than in the palm of the hand. 

2-3 mil - Thin gloves that provide more dexterity for using precision tools, or for medical examinations.

4-5 mil - Most popular and versatile gloves.

6-9 mil - Thick, sturdy gloves for more heavy-duty tasks. Gloves preferred by mechanics, for example.

The non-medical gloves are measured in g. Their average weight is 0.7g (HDPE); 1.1g (LDPE); 1.8g (CPE) and 2.0g (TPE). This is the equivalent of 2 mil and less.



Black: The black color is preferred by couriers because it makes it easier to identify packages with white powder residue. Black gloves are also preferred by hair and tattoo salons because dyes and inks do not visibly stain the gloves. Some law enforcement and security guards prefer dark colors too. 

Blue: The most popular color. If the gloves are pierced, the pieces will be more visible as blue is a bright color.

White: Suitable for use in clean rooms where dirt is more visible on a white glove. 

Clear: Clear gloves are preferred by those providing services to the public. For example, food service, housekeeping, long-term care and spas. 



Sterile gloves are required in surgery and are individually wrapped. Non-sterile gloves are still suitable for use in food processing and for medical examinations. They come in a box.



The main use of cornstarch or talcum powder is to help you put on the gloves, reduce sweating, and prevent the gloves from sticking together. Health Canada has not banned powdered gloves but the FDA banned it in December 2016 citing an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to those exposed. Powder is not required to easily put on the gloves. You just need to have clean, dry hands and the correct size glove.



The cuffs are measured from the tip of the finger to the rolled edge of the glove. Regular gloves have a 9.5 "cuff and cover the wrists. Long cuffs are 12-18". They provide more forearm protection for those working in high risk environments where accidental splashes can occur.


With your choice in mind, you can now shop for your gloves

For solutions to common problems experienced by those wearing gloves, see our troubleshooting guide.

 *This guide is not exhaustive and is intended as a guide to the products for sale on www.medsecare.ca 


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