Latex gloves are an important element of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Latex gloves protect your hands, whilst also preventing them from contaminating any objects they are touching. There are a range of latex gloves commonly available, including powdered gloves, powder free gloves, and textured latex gloves which have different benefits.
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What is the purpose of latex gloves?
Latex gloves are used in a range of industries, including food, industrial, and medical industries due to their numerous benefits. Latex gloves protect your hands against biological hazards for medical workers, whilst offering one of the highest touch sensitivities of all types of rubber gloves. These specifications make disposable latex gloves ideal for surgeons, as well as other medical workers. Unlike other synthetic types of rubber gloves such as nitrile or neoprene, latex gloves also have ecofriendly and cost friendly benefits. Latex disposable gloves are biodegradable and cheaper, making them a preferable choice for environmentally conscious businesses. For manufacturing companies and food workers, latex gloves are also an excellent choice to help protect your hands and prevent any contamination. However, many groups may need powder free latex gloves to prevent irritation and the distribution of powder.
There are many different types of rubber gloves or latex gloves with different specifications suitable to different types of work. For medical workers, it is important to look for disposable latex examination gloves, as these are medical grade. For those working in the food or manufacturing business, the type of disposable latex glove is less important.
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. To protect your hands from an even wider range of chemicals, neoprene disposable gloves can be used. 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.
What is the difference between latex and vinyl gloves?
Latex gloves and vinyl gloves have several significant differences, and offer different benefits and specifications. Vinyl disposable gloves are a type of loose-fitting synthetic glove, most often used in the food industry. Benefits of vinyl gloves include being latex free (minimising latex allergies), being powder free, comfortable and one of the most cost-effective options out of the types of rubber gloves and synthetic gloves available. However, the specifications of vinyl gloves also make them more susceptible to punctures and hazardous substances, and they offer poor touch sensitivity and are not biodegradable. Generally, disposable latex gloves protect your hands better than vinyl gloves as they are stronger and provide a better barrier to biohazards and some chemicals. They also offer a higher level of tactile sensitivity which is often needed for medical workers.
Does hand sanitiser work on latex 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 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 gloves stay intact even after sanitising over 30 times. However, disposable latex gloves should not be worn again after they have been taken off, regardless of sanitation.