What gloves should I wear while working with metals?

There is no definitive answer, as the type of gloves that are necessary will depend on the particular metalworking process and other factors. However, general guidelines suggest using heavy-duty gloves with rubber or plastic fingertips to avoid scratching surfaces.

When people are working with metals, they are exposed to a risk. That risk is not in the metal itself. It is in the ways that they are used. Here are some scenarios that you might consider.

  • Are you having problems with heavy metals? You’ll see that people are strained and straining because they lift things the wrong way. At the same time, you might get cut by a sharp or jagged metallic object.
  • Are you carrying bulky, awkward loads of metal? When you throw things on your feet, they will probably hit your hands and bang them.
  • What is the process for cutting, stamping, or welding metals? There is a possibility that cuts and burns can happen.

Even if one metal is not intrinsically more dangerous than another, it is important that people understand the meaning of metal types in a broader context.

Below are some guidelines for choosing the right gloves for working with different types of metals in different ways.

What are the different types of metals?

In this article, we will look at the most common types of metals.


Stainless steel is a metal that is corrosion-resistant, flexible, and lightweight. It can be used to create many things.

Stainless steel is one of the most corrosion-resistant, flexible, and lightweight metals. This makes it perfect for creating many things.

Carbon steel

Carbon steel is a type of steel that is made from adding carbon to other metals. This makes the steel durable and flexible.

You can produce carbon steel by adding carbon to other types of steel. This makes the steel durable and flexible.


Copper is a metal that is often found inside bathtubs and sinks. It is also soft, malleable, and ductile.

Copper often has good qualities for being used in different areas, such as being soft, malleable, and ductile.


Iron is a strong metal that is also affordable. It is used in many different things, such as buildings and tools.

Stainless steel

Stainless steel is a metal that is made from two different things- iron and carbon. It is very strong and doesn’t rust. This means that industries that need metals that are not going to corrode are likely to use stainless steel.

Welders need welding equipment to make stainless steel, so it is a popular metal for structural steel.

It is now possible to cover the main types of metals. Let’s dive into them, and we will also give you some gloves that are recommended for use with them.

High conductivity of the metal.

Copper and aluminum are two metals that are known to conduct a lot of energy. When they are heated up quickly, this can cause them to heat up your hands and potentially cause burns.

Do not work near heat sources that contain metals. Instead, wear gloves that are thermally protected in order to avoid burning yourself. DupontTM Kevlar® is a very good material for heating protection. 

Sheet metal.

When processing metals, you need to use gloves to protect your hands. One way to choose the right gloves is by using ANSI scores.

Gloves that are cut resistant are best for handling metals. They help avoid any injuries while working with the metal.

Metals That Melttal That Melts?

The danger of molten metal occurs when the temperature gets too high. The metal will become liquid, and you may be injured if you’re close to it.

When wearing safety gear, it’s important to make sure that the temperature is low enough so that the gear doesn’t melt. In extreme cases, it can reach 6192°F, but this is rare.

It is certainly necessary for you to have safety gear whenever you are deliberately melting metal. I should also be cautious when working with molten metal that has been heated in order to become liquid.

Sometimes work is needed that is soldered from many different alloys. We are not going to try to cover them all here, but even just a drop of solder can cause you to have a burn on your hands.

Some people think that soldering involves very fine manipulation, and it is possible that it can be very cold in the process. So, some people do not want to wear gloves when they work with solder. No matter what kind of gloves you decide to buy, we always recommend that you have a lightweight pair of DupontTM kevlar® gloves nearby.

It should also be noted that about 10 percent of all eye injuries occur when welding.

Rusted Metal

Rust is a form of iron oxide that forms when iron and oxygen combine in the presence of water or moisture in the air.

Rusted metals can be dangerous to your hands if not treated properly. Nitrile gloves can protect you from coming into contact with the potentially harmful elements in metal. Always wear a pair of gloves when working with any type of rusted metal, and be sure to ventilate the area well while working to prevent inhalation of any harmful fumes.

Metals coated with lubricants.

Accidents and injuries will certainly occur when you are unable to grasp certain metals or materials. You should wear gloves that are easy to hold when you’re navigating through slick metal. When your employees work with industrial lubricants, you should also consider their safety.