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Your Guide To Gloves September 19, 2017

Gloves are handy (no pun intended) pieces of equipment that help keep workers safe, in a wide variety of industries. Below, you will find a helpful guide to protective gloves. This guide will list several types of protective gloves, detailing when they are used and what industries they serve. Continue reading to find out more about how protective gloves can help you perform your work, both on the job and around the house.

 

disposable gloves

 

Nitrile

 

Nitrile gloves are made out of synthetic rubber and offer superb resistance to chemicals. These gloves will prevent your hands from getting burned when you are using dangerous chemicals. They also protect your hands from grease, dirt, oils, and paints.  For this reason, they are ideal for use in the automotive and landscaping industries, as well as the manufacturing industry. People with latex allergies often choose to wear nitrile gloves, as they offer protection without causing allergic reactions (vinyl gloves are another alternative for those with latex allergies).

 

Latex

 

Latex gloves are often used in the medical and food service industry, as they are light, unobtrusive, and provide protection from germs. Many people choose to use them around the house, when cleaning or working with household chemicals. Latex gloves offer a cheap source of hand protection, without inhibiting your movement. It is a good idea to always keep a box in stock. These helpful gloves can be found at local pharmacies, as well as online. If you have a latex allergy, consider some of the other options listed in this article.

 

Vinyl

 

Vinyl gloves are also very popular for use around the house. In fact, you might even have a pair lying by your kitchen sink. Vinyl gloves have a bit of a looser fit than latex gloves, so they are not recommended for tasks that require fine motor skills, but they are just fine for more basic tasks like washing dishes. These gloves are also found in the beauty and cosmetic industries for waxing and dying hair.

 

Polyethylene

 

Polyethylene gloves (or “poly” gloves, as they are commonly known) are one of the loosest fitting disposable gloves available. For these reason, they are definitely not recommended for tasks requiring tactile precision. The advantage of the loose fit, however, is that these gloves are comfortable and breathable, and easy to get on and off. This being the case, these gloves are a very popular choice for workers who are required to wear gloves for extended periods of time. These gloves are often used for food prep.

 

A Note On Powdered Medical Gloves

 

As of 2018, powdered gloves will no longer be allowed for use in medical settings. This is due to an FDA regulation that was recently announced. It was determined that powdered gloves have harmful side effects that cannot be prevented with warnings and labels. For this reason, if you are a frequent user of powdered medical gloves, you need to look for other alternatives that offer the same comfort and protection. Find a website that specializes in all kinds of disposable gloves, and find the pair that works best for you.

 

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