Disposable gloves may seem like something that doesn’t need much thought. They are meant to protect our hands, so they may require thickness, finish, and barrier protection requirements. It is not easy to find the best disposable glove at the lowest price. You should consider the glove’s material and properties, as well as the tasks you will be performing; your comfort level and fit; and the cost.
Vinyl, natural rubber latex, and nitrile are the most popular disposable gloves materials. Every material is ideal for a specific application.
Natural rubber latex comes from plants. Latex gloves provide reliable barrier protection, consistent fit, and flexibility. These gloves are popular for industrial and medical applications. The downside to latex is the possibility of allergic reactions. These can range from anaphylaxis to skin irritation, potentially threatening life. Latex allergies are being reduced by manufacturers who have worked hard to create low-protein latex. Latex has a slight advantage over vinyl and nitrile when allergies are not an issue.
Nitrile is a popular glove material that replicates the good qualities of latex without the allergy risk. Nitrile, a synthetic material with rubber-like properties, is an example. These gloves are used in all industries. They are used to protect the worker as well as the workers.
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Vinyl is made up of polyvinyl chloride and plasticizers which soften it. Vinyl is an economical choice when workers need to change their gloves often during a shift. Vinyl gloves can be used for many purposes and are suitable for activities that do not require high tactile sensitivity. These gloves are very popular. The food industry.
Consider thickness, finish and puncture resistance when selecting a disposable glove.
Glove thickness is measured in mils. One mil equals 0.001″. Disposable gloves are generally 4-8 mils thick. Low-gauge gloves offer greater dexterity, flexibility, and touch sense. Higher-gauge gloves provide better durability, but less flexibility.
The glove’s grip is affected by the surface treatment. Surface chlorination and coating/finishing are the most popular surface treatments. Surface tack is a measure of a glove’s grip. It is determined by its level of chlorination as well as the coatings applied by the manufacturer. A textured disposable glove has a visible texture and can be felt. It may be visible on the palm and finger, or it can sometimes cover the fingertips. The gloves have textured finishes that enhance gripping capabilities.
Powdered and powder-free disposable gloves are available. Powdered gloves make it easier to put on and remove. Glove powder’s role in allergic reactions to latex seems to be the most detrimental. The powder in powdered latex gloves acts as an airborne carrier of latex proteins. There are two types: non-chlorinated and chlorinated powder-free gloves. These types of gloves are determined by the way the glove was made powder-free. Chlorinated gloves are easier to wear and are less likely to be contaminated with particles.
The FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health (FDA) is responsible for the regulation of medical devices, including gloves. FDA guidelines state that medical gloves must be watertight and have consistent sizes. They should also fit comfortably. FDA guidelines also specify performance requirements, including the minimum protection and strength that these products must provide.
Medical gloves must meet certain Acceptable quality levels (AQL) standards. These standards relate to the product’s ability to resist pinholes and protection level. A product of higher quality will have a lower AQL number.
Stress during real usage is simulated by strength tests. Glove strength can be measured by resistance to tearing and puncturing, as well as stretchability. Tests typically include tensile strength and elasticity.
Tensile strength refers to the force required to stretch medical gloves until it breaks. Superior performance is indicated by higher numbers. The glove’s ability to stretch before it tears is called the length. Higher numbers indicate greater elasticity.
Disposable gloves can be used in general-purpose, medical exams, and high-risk situations. Disposable gloves are generally 4-6 mils thick, 9 1/2 inches long, and range in length from general-purpose to exam-grade. High-risk gloves can be as long as 12 inches and are typically 8 mils thick.
These disposable gloves can be used in many industries including retail, automotive, food handling, and general hospitality. These gloves are used primarily for maintenance and janitorial work.
These gloves can be used in medical, dental, emergency service (EMS), law enforcement, and nursing homes.
High-risk gloves are often used in EMS and laboratory applications. High-risk situations include patient care activities that exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and other potentially infectious material. High-risk situations include those that put gloves material at risk, such as when handling chemicals or disinfectants.
Comfort and Fit
Disposable gloves must provide comfort as well as protection. A properly fitting glove can improve hand performance and reduce fatigue.
Latex gloves have shown good flexibility, strength, and elasticity. Because of their softness, flexibility, and comfort, nitrile examination gloves can be a more comfortable choice than latex. However, they are stiffer than latex. Nitrile gloves are strong and abrasion-resistant, which causes less irritation. Vinyl gloves are comfortable and soft but have a looser fit.