Gloves Encyclopedia

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What are the major types of gloves?

There are three major types of gloves based on materials. There are Latex  Gloves, Vinyl Gloves,  Nitrile Exam Gloves

Difference between Latex and Vinyl gloves?

Latex Gloves are made of Natural rubber, natural origin material (from rubber tree), while Vinyl Gloves are produced with raw Synthetic materials (mainly PVC – Poly Vinyl Chloride-and-Phthalates DINP plasticizers that make plastics soft and pliable ).
 Latex gloves have superior resistance to tear, puncture and are also more waterproof because it is easier to control the level of microholes, therefore safer for risk jobs eg with biological material.
Vinyl gloves, being devoid of natural proteins, can also be used by people allergic to latex protein They are also less expensive, but can ensure a level of safety if the thickness of the product is adequate.
Latex gloves are biodegradable while  Vinyl gloves are not, and must be disposed of carefully as the PVC if disposed of incorrectly may create dioxin. Latex is the original material used to create medical gloves. Due to the great durability and flexibility of natural rubber, latex gloves continue to be used in the medical industry. Latex. Natural rubber, or latex, gloves are the least expensive and most common type of glove used in occupational settings, according to Don Groce, a research chemist for Best Manufacturing. “Latex is not very chemical-resistant. It’s mainly used in the food industry and the medical industry because it does protect well against bloodborne pathogens,” he said.

What are Vinyl Gloves used for?

Vinyl gloves are not as durable as the nitrile or latex types but still offer good service where durability and toughness are not the main concerns and only simple protection against contamination (by user) of material handled is the main aim. Vinyl gloves are often used for: Non-contaminated light hospital procedures.

Are Latex Gloves Safe?

They are a popular choice of protective glove for medical or industrial use. The primary reason people would choose an alternative to latex is because many people suffer from latex allergies. When allergy is not a concern, latex does have a slight advantage with comfort and dexterity over nitrile gloves.

What is the Powder in Latex Gloves?

Powdered Latex Gloves consist of corn starch replaced tissue-irritating Lycopodium Powder and talc, but even cornstarch can impede healing if it gets into tissues (as during surgery). 

How do you make Powder Free Gloves?

 The most common method to produce powder-free gloves is chlorination. Chlorine reacts with the natural rubber latex surface to reduce the natural tackiness, eliminating the need for adding dusting powder. The extra washing performed during the chlorination process provides an added benefit by also greatly reducing the level of soluble natural latex proteins. However, chlorination affects some of the mechanical and physical properties. 

What are the physical properties of three major gloves type.

When looking at exam gloves, you will notice different characteristics of exam gloves that can make your shopping experience quite mind-boggling. You will see that some properties will be requirements while others may be considered to be “nice to haves”.