I know we got off on the topic of gloves and my .02 is that I don't wear them when turning. But I really like Jeff's idea of the nitrile gloves (which I use for finishing). As to the other safety gear, I just wear the AAW smock I got last year in AZ, shorts and comfortable shoes (and stand on an anti-fatigue mat). Just to mention for those who are ambivalent about face protection: I was turning a green blank this past Sunday and it blew off the lathe and right into my face shield. Just a bad spot in the blank and it blew right off. I had it mounted on a 6" face plate with 8 stainless steel oval head #12 screws. If I had only been wearing safety glasses I'd have been seriously injured. This was one of those Uvex "bionic", $40 jobs with a polycarbonate lens. Just saying, it's cheap insurance and you really get used to it quickly.