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Disposable Gloves: Latex or Nitrile

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Disposable Glove Guide: Latex versus Nitrile

When it comes to disposable gloves it can be difficult to choose between the two heavy hitters - Nitrile and Latex.  But what are the advantages and disadvantages of each and which one will suit you best for the job you have in mind.  We took a look at each and have drawn up the main points you need to consider when trying to choose between latex and nitrile.

 Latex Gloves

LATEX GLOVES

Latex gloves are made from natural rubber.  They are a very popular choice of protective glove in the industrial and medical workplace.  Latex gloves offer a slight advantage over nitrile gloves in terms of comfort and dexterity.  However, the main disadvantage of latex is that many people suffer an alergic reaction to the natural latex rubber which can cause skin irritation.


ADVANTAGES OF LATEX GLOVES

  • Excellent Comfortable Fit - Feels Like A Second Skin
  • High level of Touch Sensitivity
  • Can be worn for Extended Periods due to their Natural Materials
  • Offer good protection from Infectious Agents
  • Environmentally Friendly - they are biodegradable
  • Perform Well in terms of Elasticity & Strength

 

DISADVANTAGES OF LATEX GLOVES

  • Can Cause Allergic Reactions / Skin Irritations
  • Costs Fluctuate in line with price of Natural Rubber

 

nitrile gloves

NITRILE GLOVES

Nitrile gloves are manufactured from synthetic rubber.  Due to their excellent durability they are suitable for use in multiple industries.  Nitrile is a long lasting tough material which offers advantages in terms of life cycle.  In everyday use this means less glove changes during the working day.  They are 100% latex free and are suitable for use by people who have a skin sensitivity to latex materials.  They offer robust resistence to solvents and chemicals.


ADVANTAGES OF NITRILE GLOVES

  • Skin Sensitivity (Non Latex)
  • Superior Puncture Resistance Compared to Latex
  • Comfort & Fit - mold about the hand to give a great fit
  • Excellent Touch Sensitivity
  • Can be worn for Extended Periods of Time
  • Offer High Protection against Infectious Agents
  • Superior Chemical Resistance to Petroleum Based Products
  • Excellent Shelf Life


DISADVANTAGES OF NITRILE GLOVES

  • More Expensive Production Costs Compared to Latex

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vinyl gloves

VINYL GLOVES

A third option for disposable gloves are - vinyl gloves.  Vinyl goves, like nitrile gloves, are also latex free.  They can be worn by people who are sensitive to latex.  They have a looser fit which some people find more comfortable.  One of the key advantages of vinyl is that they are much cheaper than the nitrile & latex alternatives.  This tends to make them a good option for low risk jobs.  Allergic reactions to vinyl work gloves are almost non-existent making them an excellent choice for people with sensitive skin.


ADVANTAGES OF VINYL GLOVES

  • Most Cost Effective Option
  • Latex Free
  • Looser Fit
  • Suitable for Low Risk Jobs
  • Anti Static Properties

 

DISADVANTAGES OF VINYL GLOVES

  • Not Suitable for High Risk Jobs
  • Not for Use with Hazardous Materials
  • Loose Fit May Be Unsuitable for Delicate Jobs

 

 

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  • Nicely explained for me

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