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Non-latex Gloves

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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The number of options for non-latex gloves has grown over the past ten years. Nitrile has emerged as the most popular substitute, and advances in nitrile manufacturing have given non-latex gloves more versatility in general. Now, non-latex materials are used not only in medical and surgical applications, but also for construction, machine use, and the food and hospitality industries.

Nitrile gloves are generally more durable than their latex counterparts, and more resistant to abrasions and cuts. They can be made just as thin, and offer just as much dexterity, as well as increased protecting from chemical splashes and solvents. Many times, nitrile gloves as thin as eight millimeters are strong enough for rough materials handling and machine technology applications as well.

Other Non-Latex Gloves

Depending on the specifics of the application, different materials of glove may or may not be suitable. While there are medical grade non-latex gloves, latex continues to be a favorite for surgical use. For industrial use, though, non-latex gloves may prove to be a better option. Many safety suppliers offer glove comparison charts for quick reference.

Non-latex gloves, such as butyl, PVC, or Vitona gloves, offer much more protection from certain kinds of chemicals than latex gloves offer. Vitona gloves can protect for as much as eight times longer than latex when in contact with certain substances, such as aliphatic or aromatic hydrocarbons. Butyl gloves are strong against esters, ketones, and aldehydes.


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