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Aug 17,2021 by Edulab
Nitrile disposable gloves are rapidly growing in popularity. More and more people are beginning to realise the many benefits they bring, such as superior levels of comfort, protection and durability.
Because of this, both black and blue nitrile gloves are quickly becoming the most popular choice in laboratories. If you are considering investing in nitrile medical gloves, then it is crucial you understand exactly what they are, the different types available and what they are best used for. Today, we are answering our most frequently asked questions about nitrile disposable gloves.
Probably the most popular material and manufactured from synthetic materials, they are completely free from latex, safe to use by those with a latex allergies, sensitive skin and more robust than vinyl and latex counterparts. Nitrate disposable gloves are designed to be single use, so they can be thrown away or recycled after one use.
Many laboratories are making the switch to powder free gloves because they offer the utmost protection against a wide range of hazards and chemicals.
The key reason for wearing any type of glove in a laboratory setting is to provide high levels of protection of the skin from hazards. Nitrile gloves offer protection against a very wide range of chemicals including Ethanol, Formaldehyde, Hydrogen Peroxide, Nitric Acid, Phenol, Sodium Hydroxide and Sulphuric Acid.
This is not an exhaustive list and there are many other chemicals which these gloves can protect against.
Disposable gloves are generally available as both powdered and powder free versions. Nitrile powder free gloves are created using a powder free formulation, which works to cut down the risk of contact dermatitis. Not only that but this type of glove can help to reduce any risk of particulate contamination during use.
Powdered nitrile gloves can run a risk of cross contamination from the powder when the gloves are removed.
No, not all nitrile gloves are powder free. There are different types of nitrile gloves available, and some are powdered, while others are not. The best type of nitrile gloves for you will depend on your application and requirements. Gloves that are powdered construction absorb any moisture which makes them easy to remove and perfect for times when you need to take them on and off on a regular basis.
Powder free nitrile gloves are a safe alternative and avoid the risk of contamination from the powder and are also less likely to cause dermatitis and allergic reactions.
When shopping for gloves you might come across a variety of colours. Disposable gloves come in a range of colours in order to improve health and safety. There are not any specific rules for which colour gloves should be used for which industry, but blue gloves are the most commonly used. Some people choose a combination of both blue nitrile gloves and another colour. This is because you can wear a brightly colour glove, such as pink, underneath a neutral colour or blue one, and easily see if any tears or rips occur.
Traditionally surgical gloves are made from latex. Nitrile medical gloves are a great alternative made from a synthetic copolymer. During production there is an additional step in the process which is why they used to be far more expensive than latex surgical gloves.
Technological advances in recent years have resulted in more cost-efficient processes for producing disposable nitrile gloves. Today, nitrile and latex gloves are both affordable options.
Blue nitrile gloves sometimes start to turn yellow and also leave yellow stains on the skin after use. This is caused by the acids in skin and sweat reacting with the nitrile. Other chemicals, such as nitric acid can result in the same colour change. It is nothing to be concerned about and a normal part of wearing blue nitrile gloves.
Yes, nitrile gloves are disposable. They are also recyclable through schemes such as Terracycle. Due to the nature of nitrile, this PPE needs to be recycled separately to standard recycling bins. Nitrile disposable gloves are also biodegradable, but they take a very long time to break down naturally.
Whether you’re a school lab technician or laboratorist working in a fume cupboard, disposable gloves have always been a critical item to have in your PPE stock. This now rings even more true since the emergence of COVID-19.
At the start of the pandemic, PPE was in short supply, with massive shortages across the UK, especially in hospitals and care homes. Thankfully, this is no longer the case and despite the rollout of the vaccination programme at the start of 2021, many PPE products such as face masks will continue to be used across more than just healthcare and scientific sectors, on a regular basis.
This means, you still need to provide high levels of protection to protect your pupils, in the case of schools, and your staff.
Social distancing guidelines may have been relaxed, and despite being able to purchase superior strength sanitising cleaning products, they will only take you so far. Schools and businesses need to implement the same rigorous standards as the healthcare industry. Protecting hands, face and cleaning the air you breath is vitally important.
With cases rising recently due to the Delta variant, over 1 million children out of school before the end of the school year and food shortages reported across the country, as staff need to self-isolate and being “pinged” by the Test and Trace app, making sure you’re taking the necessary precautions and have the essential items of PPE available, this will go a long way to help stop the crises schools and businesses find themselves in.
At EduLab, not only do we stock a range of gloves, including disposable nitrile gloves, silicone, vinyl gloves, but we also have everything you need to ensure surfaces and equipment is thoroughly sanitised, PPE and safety products and COVID testing equipment, including pods and partitions.
Explore our selection or contact our knowledgeable and friendly team for more information.