Why it is important to wear gloves
- Nitrile gloves protect against most chemicals and infectious agents.
- Rubber gloves protect against slightly corrosive materials.
- Neoprene gloves protect against most solvents, oils and slightly corrosive materials.
Latex, Rubber or Plastic Gloves These gloves are most commonly used in medical or laboratory settings. They are usually able to move, but offer protection from biohazards, chemicals, solvents, and other pollutants.
Toxicity to Medical Glove Materials: A Pilot Study. One synthetic rubber glove (nitrile rubber) and 2 synthetic polymer gloves (polyvinyl chloride) were found to be non-toxic in all 3 tests, while 5 synthetic rubbers showed different degrees of cytotoxicity depending on the test.
Vinyl gloves are also a popular glove, but are only used in certain environments. Vinyl gloves are latex-free and are often the cheapest option of the three materials. Vinyl gloves have poor resistance to many chemicals and should not be used in environments where hazardous materials are handled.
Chemical resistant gloves. Chemical resistant gloves protect hands and arms in many work and home environments. Chemical resistant glove materials include latex, leather, nitrile, goatskin, vinyl, neoprene and other materials manufactured for a variety of uses.
When NOT to wear gloves
Types of gloves
The different types of personal protective equipment include face shields, gloves, goggles and goggles, gowns, headgear, masks, respirators, and shoe covers.
Gloves help keep your hands clean and reduce the risk of contracting bacteria that can make you sick. Wear gloves when handling blood, body fluids, body tissues, mucous membranes, or damaged skin.
Metatarsal shoes protect the entire foot from ankle to toe. A reinforced sole protects the foot from punctures. Latex and rubber shoes protect against chemicals and prevent slipping. PVC shoes protect against moisture and increase traction.
Personal Protective Equipment
A protective glove is designed to protect you from hazards such as cuts, chemical burns, abrasions, pinching or biohazard contact. The protective glove is actually just another name for a work glove.
Nitrile gloves are preferred for their chemical resistance, tendency to visibly tear when punctured, and for avoiding a possible latex allergy. Check gloves for:
Although the exact shelf life depends on the specific glove material and storage options, a rule of thumb of three years applies for disposable natural latex gloves and up to five years for disposable nitrile gloves.
Methanol is a neurotoxin that can easily lead to blindness. It can also be easily absorbed through the skin. If you read the MSDS before using it as a good little detective, you will know how to put on NITRILE gloves, sir. Danger.
It is important to remember that nothing is impenetrable forever. Nitrile material has higher chemical resistance than latex material, although some chemicals will eventually pass, especially high quality chemicals.
Unlike disposable latex gloves, which are made from natural rubber, nitrile gloves are synthetic. Nitrile is short for acrylonitrile butadiene rubber. This material is made up of monomers - acrylonitrile and butadiene - these are molecules that are bound together.
Latex allergies are the most severe glove allergies because they can be systemic and cause anaphylactic shock. Nitrile gloves such as natural latex gloves, for example, often use carbamates or thiazoles, which can trigger skin allergies. Some vinyl gloves use activators, which can also trigger skin allergies.