That's my method unless I pick up the spider in my hands. I use a glass and piece of paper or card if the spider is on a flat surface and won't climb on time hand. Plus I don't want to squish them.
I've never been bitten by a spider, but my wife has.
When I was very young, my brother and I used to play with 'daddy longlegs' (harvestmen). We let them run over our hands and crawl up our arms or legs, on our heads. I guess we just got use to handling spiders and other arachnids. Scorpions require more care.