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Latex/Nitrile gloves are an important element of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Disposable gloves protect your hands, whilst also preventing them from contaminating any objects they are touching. There are a range of disposable gloves commonly available, including latex, nitrile and vinyl gloves.

The CPAP Clinic is a medical specialist group and a proud supplier of a range of disposable gloves, including disposable latex gloves and nitrile gloves. In our clinic, we rely on the disposable gloves we sell for our own client visits. For any questions relating to our gloves, we have clinicians able to assist you. We can be contacted by calling 1300 76 29 39 or emailing us on info@thecpapclinic.com.au.


What is the purpose of disposable gloves?

Disposable gloves are used in a range of industries, including food, industrial, and medical industries due to their numerous benefits. Gloves can protect your hands against biological hazards and chemical hazards depending on the material. Furthermore, gloves help prevent the wearer from contaminating what they touch with whatever may be on their hands. However, different glove materials offer different levels of chemical and physical protection, so it is important to make sure you understand the level of protection you need. For those in the medical industry, it is also important to make sure the gloves you are purchasing are medical grade examination gloves.

What is the difference between latex and nitrile gloves?

Latex gloves and nitrile gloves may often be used in similar situations, including the food and medical industry. They share many benefits. Both latex gloves and nitrile gloves offer touch sensitivity, as well as elasticity and flexibility. They can both protect your hands from biological hazards such as bacteria and viruses and bodily fluids, making them suitable for many medical uses.

However, there are important differences between what disposable latex and nitrile gloves protect your hands from, as well as their price and eco friendliness. As the production of disposable latex gloves requires far less processing than nitrile gloves, disposable latex gloves are often significantly cheaper. Indeed, latex gloves are one of the most affordable types of rubber gloves. Furthermore, because latex is a natural product rather than synthetic, disposable latex gloves are also biodegradable, unlike nitrile gloves. Latex gloves often come lightly powdered to help them slide on, whereas most nitrile gloves are powder free.

Latex gloves have different chemical specifications to nitrile gloves. They are not as chemical resistant, and are also less puncture resistant. Unlike latex gloves, nitrile gloves are chemical resistant to a range of substances including petroleum-based chemicals which degrade disposable latex gloves. Latex gloves may also cause allergic reactions in people with latex allergies, and it may be more difficult to find powder free options. Nitrile gloves are different to latex gloves as the latex proteins have been removed, having the benefits of being latex free and suitable for those with allergies.

Does hand sanitiser work on disposable gloves?

Sanitising disposable gloves rather than replacing them is generally discouraged. Latex and nitrile glove specifications generally do not recommend sanitising the gloves. Disposable gloves may break down over time with sanitation, and if they have not been sanitised properly, they will be contaminated for the next use. However, during disposable glove shortages, some groups have recommended that latex and nitrile gloves can be sanitised using a high content alcohol hand sanitiser. This benefits users by allowing them to wear their disposable gloves for longer without needing to change them. Research has shown that disposable latex and nitrile gloves stay intact even after sanitising over 30 times. However, disposable gloves should not be worn again after they have been taken off, regardless of sanitation.