RCR International Pty Ltd specialises in the supply of a range of safety products such as gloves and protective clothing. This article describes various types of gloves available in the market and offers a few helpful tips on selecting the most appropriate pair of examination gloves.
Choosing the correct glove for the right application can be difficult, time-consuming and somewhat confusing. The best place to begin is to establish the level of protection required for the task at hand, and understand the manufacturing standards of the variety of gloves on offer.
Gloves are made from different materials, each with specific properties for specific applications. Examination gloves have traditionally been manufactured from natural rubber latex thanks to its elastic properties as well as high degree of comfort provided to the wearer.
Latex free gloves are available as suitable alternatives to latex and are ideal for users with latex allergy or where greater protection against solvents is required.
Vinyl examination gloves are available in the traditional hard formulation as well as in a high molecular weight formulation and are widely used in industries where the user is likely to come in contact with oils and greases.
Nitrile examination gloves offer resistance to a broad range of chemicals including petroleum-based solvents, oil, grease, acids and caustics. They have excellent resistance to abrasions, cuts and punctures. Nitrile gloves meet the needs of medical, laboratory and industrial users.
Neoprene examination gloves are made from neoprene, a synthetic alternative to natural rubber latex with advantages such as better elongation and tensile strength.
Chemoprene gloves offer superior permeation resistance to cytotoxic chemotherapy drugs and high resistance to alcohols. These examination gloves are ideal for use in chemotherapy treatment, hospitals, medical clinics as well as laboratories and pharmaceutical industries.
Latex examination gloves
- Highly elastic material
- High resistance to abrasion, cuts and tears
- Soft and comfortable to wear
Vinyl examination gloves
- Latex-free gloves, ideal for latex allergy sufferers
- Excellent resistance to fats, petroleum-based hydrocarbons, most oils, acids, fats, alkalis and caustics
Nitrile examination gloves
- Excellent resistance to abrasion, cuts and punctures
- Resistant to a broad range of chemicals including petroleum-based solvents, oils, grease and caustics
- High degree of comfort even after prolonged use
Neoprene examination gloves
- Superior tensile strength and elasticity
- Excellent permeation resistance to cytotoxic chemotherapy drugs
- Better elongation than nitrile gloves