Whether washing dishes by hand in extremely hot water, working with a patient or exposing your hands to chemicals, it’s important to protect them. Rubber gloves can keep your hands and fingers in working order while protecting them from heat (depending on their thickness), germs and other undesirable materials.
To some extent, though covering your hands, vinyl and latex gloves allow you to feel the sensations from touch which is necessary in some occupations. And to keep environments as sanitary as possible disposable latex gloves are available. Users can easily put on a new pair for each new task, limiting the potential of transferring germs and bacteria between jobs.
Nitrile gloves are an option for people with allergies or sensitivity to rubber. Appearing similar to latex gloves, nitrile gloves tend to be slightly more durable. For more information, check out this brief glove guide.