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Choosing the proper disposable glove

FINDING THE PERFECT FIT!

Are you looking for the perfect glove to meet your specific needs? All provide lightweight, flexible protection, and have excellent tactile sensitivity and grip. They are ambidextrous, as well as abrasion, cut, and tear resistant.
Protecting yourself and others with a pair of disposable gloves is essential but which glove is right for you? Disposable gloves come in three basic materials – Latex, Nitrile, and Vinyl. What differs these gloves from each other? Do you need powdered or powder-free? Let’s see what differs these gloves.

NATURAL LATEX (Rubber)an image of a glove

• Latex gloves are made from rubber
• Fits well, comfortable
• Sensitivity to touch
• Temperature resistance
• Cost effective
• Biodegradable
• Some people may be allergic
• Protection against water-based projects

NITRILEan image of a glove

• Synthetic rubber-co-polymer (Latex-free)
• Slightly more resistant to punctures
• High sensitivity
• Great fit
• Resists some chemicals – acids, caustics, oils, greases, and petroleum products
• More abrasion resistant than latex and vinyl
• Longer shelf life

VINYLan image of a glove

• Popular in Food Industry
• Thermoplastic
• Less durable
• Looser fit
• Less expensive
• For low risk, short-term tasks
• Best for non-hazardous materials

POWDERED OR POWDER-FREE?

A powdered glove makes it easier to put on and pull off.
People wearing powdered gloves for an extended period of time may be subject to sensitivities or allergies, from a cornstarch powder. Cornstarch, which meets the specification for absorbable dusting powder is the most common lubricant for powdered patient examination gloves.

The FDA has started a ban on powdered medical gloves in January 2017 because if the powder on latex gloves becomes airborne, it can cause allergic reactions. Also powder particles becoming airborne and attaching to clothing or surgical gowns when removed in or about the surgery room.
Powdered gloves have also raised concerns in the food service industry as the powder can tend to stick to hands, clothing and other surfaces after removal and causing contamination.

So, as an alternative to dusting powder as lubrication, a process was introduced called Chlorination. This process reduces the surface tackiness of the natural rubber latex, making the POWDER FREE gloves easier to put on because they slide over hands without sticking to the skin. Chlorination removes residual powder and lowers latex proteins in the glove.

PROPERLY REMOVE USED DISPOSABLE GLOVES

1. Grasp the outer edge near the wrist.
2. Peel away from the hand, turning the glove inside-out.
3. Hold it in the opposite gloved hand.
4. Slide an ungloved finger under the wrist of the remaining glove, being careful not to touch the outside of the glove.
5. Peel the glove off from the inside, create a bag for both gloves.
6. Discard.
7. Wash hands thoroughly.

Gloves come in all different materials, colors and sizes. I hope this blog has helped you to choose the best “fit” for you!

OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.132:
Employers are required to provide employees with protective equipment, including hand protection, at no cost to employees. When choosing a disposable glove material, remember to evaluate the application, the hazards present as well as any worker sensitivities (such as allergies to natural rubber latex.).

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