When hand hygiene and protection are a must in these crucial times, healthcare, industrial, and food service workers cannot rely on any disposable gloves. No matter their industry or working environment, every worker should invest in reliable gloves to protect patients, customers, co-workers, and guests from exposure to potentially dangerous microbes.
When deciding between nitrile, latex and vinyl gloves, it can be a tad confusing trying to determine which type of glove is the best choice for your hands’ health and safety. Let us take a close look at the attributes and benefits of using each type of glove first.
Latex gloves are a long-time trusted go-to glove used in the medical industry. They are a natural material made out of rubber. If allergy is not a concern, latex gloves can offer an advantage in terms of comfort and dexterity as opposed to nitrile gloves.
Built from synthetic rubber, nitrile gloves are ideal choices where latex allegories are a concern. Otherwise known as “medical grade” gloves, nitrile gloves are undeniably superior gloves when it comes to puncture resistance. Before they are marketed to hospitals and medical institutions, they undergo a series of tests conducted by the FDA to ensure their durability.
Vinyl gloves are highly popular in the food industry and work conditions where high durability and hand protection levels are less of a priority. These gloves are composed of PVC, which is a petroleum-based film. While vinyl gloves may be less durable, they are the less expensive ones too. However, their main weaknesses are that they can be easily structurally compromised if stretched and have a negative environmental impact as well.
Ensure the protective glove you choose is the right fit and matches your work conditions well. At GLOVEMART, we stock a range of different gloves to suit a variety of industrial applications. Please visit our website to explore them.