Investing in appropriate personal protective equipment is essential, especially if you handle potentially hazardous substances. Here is all you need to know about Nitrile gloves to make the right choice.
While proper clothing, helmets, and masks are extremely important when it comes to protective gear, the hands, being the most common point of contact, are most liable to get affected by such material. This is why OSHA has a hand protection standard — 29 CFR 1910.138 that ensures that the employees are made to wear protective medical gloves when touching any harmful material.
Which Protective Medical Gloves to Use
Before you go about using them, there are a lot of things that you need to know about wearing the protective gloves. Plastic gloves are low cost and provide standard barrier protection. But, they are also less durable and tactile. On the other hand, rubber gloves are more durable and offer flexibility. Rubber gloves use either latex or nitrile
Latex gloves are great. But, they often cause allergic reactions in people. As the number of such cases increased, there was a need to replace the material and the latex-free nitrile gloves turned out to be the perfect product with its puncture resistant, tough design. This makes them ideal for usage with even sharp objects and medical tools.
Nitrile gloves in contrast, offer effective resistance against chemicals and offer a fitted closing in order to prevent them from falling off during their usage. Moreover, as they are available in a number of colors, you can have them color-coded to avoid confusion in a working area such as a medical facility.
These gloves are available in different grades, as we have discussed below:
Medical grade gloves include Grape Grip, Med-Edge, Black Widow, Protector XR, NitraFlex gloves. These are perfect when it comes to medical examinations. Moreover, they are free of powder and are available in black, blue, and purple colors.
Industrial grade gloves are Rhino, Atlantic, Pacific, and Edge. They facilitate a firm grip and come in purple, black, and blue colors.