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Latex Disposable Gloves

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Latex disposable gloves are becoming increasingly more important in protecting workers in many industries from hazardous materials in the workplace. Lightweight, inexpensive, and above all, protective, latex disposable gloves are a medical grade solution to potential health risks. Other, thicker latex gloves are tailor made for tough, industrial applications.

Medical grade latex disposable gloves are thin, but they are powerful barriers from many invisible workplace hazards, and some visible ones as well. They form an impenetrable wall, protecting your skin from contact with bloodborne pathogens, including HBV and HIV. They can also offer some protect against workplace sharps, including needles or other dangerous broken material.

Latex Disposable Gloves for Medical Use

Medical grade latex gloves, as specified by the American Society for Testing and Materials, fall into a few different categories. The most rigorous quality specifications are for surgical grade latex disposable gloves. They must have an AQL, or Acceptable Quality Level, of under 1.5%. This means that for every 100 units shipped, only 1.5 faults per batch are acceptable. They must also stretch to 750% their original length, and have a minimum (unaged) tensile strength of at least 3480 psi.

Latex rubber examination gloves are only slightly less rigorously controlled. They must stretch to at least 700% their original length, and be able to withstand a load of 2030 psi. They also must have an AQL of 2.5% or better.


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