What Are Nitrile Gloves?

What Are Nitrile Gloves?

Why are nitrile gloves so much better than other types of gloves?

Nitrile Gloves are the main type of glove manufactured and used for carrying out hand jobs that require finesse. These types of jobs include hospital related procedures and manufacturing tasks among uses in many other areas. So what differentiates these type of gloves from common gloves made from latex and vinyl?

They are made from synthetic tri-polymer, also referred to as phenolic compounds, after a heating process (vulcanization) where sulfur is incorporated. This gives the end product a rubbery feel similar to that of natural rubber. Nitrile gloves are distinctly different from other types of gloves.

Here are some of the properties and advantages of nitrile gloves.

  • Excellent choice of glove for tough jobs; they are strong and puncture resistant. Nitrile gloves are up to 5 times stronger than latex. This is important in lowering the risk of exposure to body fluids, contamination and disease transmission.
  • Nitrile gloves do not contain natural proteins; so there is no chance of allergic reaction when they come into skin contact. This can be a major downfall of using latex gloves. While some people may react to petroleum products, the risk is extremely low.
  • Nitrile gloves are chemical resistant.
  • Nitrile gloves offer better grip in dry or wet working conditions.
  • Nitrile gloves are easy to put on and to remove even without powdering. This lowers the risk of continued exposure and inhalational of corn-starch powder.

Nitrile gloves are typically more expensive. However, the durability and safety associated with them outweighs this apparent disadvantage. In the past, fitting and snugness with nitrile gloves was an issue. Today, manufacturing techniques have tremendously improved and the gloves are arguably as good as those made from latex.

The largest selection and most affordable place to purchase nitrile gloves is MDSupplies.

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