Person wearing insulated warehouse work gloves holds a clipboard.


A hand injury at work is one of the most inconvenient, productivity-killing and potentially dangerous on-the-job accidents. Warehouse workers, who often spend their days operating machinery and moving heavy cargo, are especially at risk.

When you’re choosing hand protection for yourself or your employees, consider the following 9 features, all available in RefrigiWear® gloves. Every warehouse is different, so some may be more important than others for your individual needs—but what all of these have in common is that, under the right circumstances, they’ll protect your hands when it counts the most.

Here are nine product features you should look for when choosing insulated gloves for warehouse work:

1. Protective Padding

If your gloves aren’t keeping your hands safe from cuts, abrasions and impacts, how much are they really helping you?

Rubber, nylon or PVC padding on your gloves is important for protection against the everyday hazards of warehouse work. When possible, padding should be present on both the front and back of the work glove, and it’s a good idea to also look for padding that protects vulnerable spots like knuckles.

For example, Insulated Impact Pro Gloves from RefrigiWear® feature tough impact protection plates on the knuckles, fingers and backs, as well as 100g insulation for added warmth.

2. Insulation

When you work in a cold storage warehouse all day, you know how easily your hands can freeze up. Cold transfer from grabbing frozen products, wind chill from driving a lift and 12-hour shifts spent in freezing conditions all contribute to cold hands.

Extreme Freezer Gloves with Key-Rite Nib from RefrigiWear® don’t just protect down to -30°F, they include a touchscreen- and keypad-friendly finger nib so you don’t have to remove your gloves to use your order entry devices.

3. Waterproofing

Like insulation, waterproofing isn’t an essential feature for every warehouse worker’s gloves, but for the ones who do need it, it’s indispensable.

Our Waterproof Abrasion Safety Gloves include waterproof barrier, as well as a moisture-wicking lining to give your hands maximum moisture protection.

4. Flexible Construction

Bulky, inflexible gloves cause more problems than they solve. That’s why RefrigiWear® developed the PolarForce® Glove with Performance-Flex. The flexible accordion-stretch panel across the knuckles make it easy to move and grip, while the insulation provides the ultimate in warmth in temperatures as low as -30°F.

5. Palm and Fingertip Grips

Warehouse gloves shouldn’t just allow you to do your job, they should help you do your job better. Patterned grip pads on the palms and fingertips of your gloves can be a huge help in safely handling product and machinery. Consider gloves like the ArcticFit™ Max, which feature a high-traction silicone pattern on the palms and fingers.

6. HiVis Coloring

High-visibility features on employee clothing are a required safety precaution in many warehouses. If it’s a requirement for you, check out the Insulated HiVis Super Grip Glove with Key-Rite Nib from RefrigiWear® for a HiVis glove with added warmth down to -15°F and rugged durability to stand up against tough warehouse work.

Man wearing insulated work gloves moves products in a warehouse.

7. Thumb Crotch Reinforcement

A glove’s thumb crotch (the spot between the thumb and index finger) often needs additional reinforcement because it gets stretched more than almost any other part of your warehouse work gloves. Many of our high-flex thermal work gloves, such as the PolarForce® Gloves and Iron-Tuff® Insulated Leather Gloves feature Kevlar® thread thumb crotch reinforcement for long-lasting durability.

Person wearing insulated warehouse work gloves uses a touchscreen-friendly nib to operate a tablet.

8. Touchscreen and Keypad Capability

There’s a good chance your warehouse uses touchscreens or keypads for security and inventory management. Hand protection is pointless if you have to remove it to do data entry. Our patented Key-Rite and Touch-Rite warehouse work gloves include nibs that save time, energy and hand warmth.

9. Ergonomic Fit

You work hard enough on your shift – don’t make your hands work harder. Look for warehouse work gloves with a pre-curved ergonomic fit that mimics the natural shape of your hands. Ergonomic fit, such as the design found on out Ergo Goatskin Gloves with Key-Rite Nib, makes movement easier and reduces hand fatigue.

Preventing hand injuries is a win for everybody in the warehouse. The best way to reduce hand injuries is to use work gloves that are comfortable, sturdy and durable. Rely on RefrigiWear® for insulated work gloves that help you do your best work.