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Working on a golf course exposes your hands to a variety of substances. If you or anyone on your maintenance crew will be handling hazardous or questionable materials, then equip them with protective gloves. There are a couple of options, but nitrile gloves offer solid all-around protection and the edge over latex and other rubber gloves. Here are five fast reasons to stock your shop with nitrile gloves.

1 One size does not fit all

Nitrile gloves come in a variety of sizes, lengths, and thicknesses, some are even lined to provide more comfort and protection. Nitrile gloves are available in both disposable and reusable options.

2 Protects in more ways than one

Nitrile is a synthetic rubber compound and is more resistant to certain chemicals, oils, and even acids. Check the precautionary statement section of a hazardous material’s label for required personal protective equipment (PPE). Nitrile gloves also provide an allergy-free alternative to latex, and are available powder free.

3 Super strength

Nitrile has superior strength, and is three times more puncture resistant than latex or vinyl gloves. Plus, if it does puncture, it rips completely, giving a clear indication of any loss of protection.

4 Feel the difference

Nitrile gloves combine excellent dexterity and sensitivity, with superior strength, making them a good choice for protection from incidental, or extended contact to many harmful chemicals.

5 A sound alternative

Nitrile gloves are inexpensive and important component of our maintenance team's PPE. Keeping several types on hand will allow your crew to choose the right option for the best protection.

You certainly want to keep your maintenance crews safe from harm, so be sure to have boxes of nitrile gloves, in a variety of sizes, onhand where laborers are sure to see and use them.

A 25-year career golf course superintendent, Mickey McCord is the founder of the maintenance crew safety training firm McCord Golf Services and Safety.