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Disposable, multipurpose gloves and reusable work gloves
Two broad groups of protective gloves are available for professional or domestic use. One group includes disposable gloves, in various synthetic or natural materials that offer different styles and degrees of protection in form-fitting sizes. These one-and-done gloves are ideal for multipurpose tasks at work or around the home, but they're also an important part of healthcare supplies as operating gloves for surgeons and exam gloves for practitioners. Exam gloves offer dual-person protection, safeguarding doctors and nurses, as well as the patients themselves, from cross-contamination and infections.
Reusable work gloves are part of a worker's personal protective equipment (PPE) for everyday use. The gloves come in several different styles and material suitable for all workplace hand protection, from temperature extremes to chemicals and caustics, to punctures, impacts, abrasions, and slices. Some of these gloves are disposable, such as those for retail food handling. Others are specialty gloves, like high-dexterity gloves for small-parts handlers, especially those in the electronics industry.
Types of disposable multipurpose gloves and exam gloves
Household chores require handling or applying a variety of harsh solutions or fluids, like painting indoor or outdoor surfaces, scrubbing or wiping down floors and surfaces, and cleaning windows. Outdoors, gardening chores or handling garden supplies also will soil your skin. All these chores require that you clean your hands after the task, sometimes frequently throughout the day. Wearing disposable synthetic or natural gloves will minimize the amount of hand washing you do during the process, so you're not only protecting your hands during the task, but also keeping natural skin oils from drying out. Again, as exam gloves, the disposables prevent the spread of disease in healthcare settings.
There are three types of synthetic or natural materials for disposable multipurpose and exam gloves, each offering different types of protection, with different features that make them more suitable for certain tasks than the others.
Nitrile gloves, often referred to as medical-grade or surgical gloves, go through testing to ensure durability and are a perfect option for those who need an allergen-free alternative to rubber or latex. Nitrile is essentially synthetic rubber, highly resilient so manufacturers can mold it into gloves that are comfortable and form-fitting for extended wear. It is also a heat-, chemical-, and even puncture-resistant material, so many doctors, dentists, and nurses prefer them when having to give patients injections. In addition, nitrile is touch-sensitive so that practitioners can feel the body parts they're examining or operating on easily.
Latex gloves, consisting of natural and synthetic rubber that manufacturers can readily mold, texture, and layer, are the easiest to wear and dispose of. The thin, skin-like feel of latex gloves makes it easy for wearers to have complete dexterity in their fingertips, easily gripping slippery or slender tools and instruments. Latex gloves are tear-resistant and protect against acids, solvents, chemicals, and raw-food bacteria. Many tradespeople prefer them for this versatility.
Disposable vinyl gloves are a more cost-effective option for short-term tasks like food preparation or other work that does not involve dangerous materials. Vinyl was one of the first of all the polymer materials, offering strength, durability, and flexibility. They're ideal for many household tasks, providing protection from the cleaning detergents and solvents, as well as their mold and mildew targets, that may be harmful skin irritants. Disposable vinyl gloves are also available in different sizes to accommodate a wide range of individual needs.
Protection and precision for all professions
Protection is a priority at the workplace. From the simplest medical procedure to disposing of hazardous waste, professionals in every field rely on high-quality hand protection. The variety of available work gloves guarantees workers the right option for every task, ensuring wearers avoid injury and infection at all times. Among the popular glove features offered include leather gloves and textured-palm designs that help users maintain a strong grip, and low-friction pairs that are easy to take on and off.
Some of the work gloves for the workplace also include the following:
- Cleaning gloves
- Cotton gloves
- Welding gloves
- Cut-resistant gloves
One omnibus category includes coated work gloves, clad in different material for specific types of protection. For instance, nitrile gloves with synthetic-rubber coating, give medical specialists not only protection against infectious fluids and punctures, but also offer strong resistance to chemicals and temperature extremes. Along with their tactile feel, nitrile-coated gloves have many industrial applications, including chemical and paint manufacturing, raw food handling and processing, and small-parts handling, especially parts that may have sharp edges or pointy tips.
Another style includes PVC-coated gloves, which often have an inner lining. Combined, the PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, coating and the inner lining provide one of the widest ranges of hand protection for industrial uses. The gloves are waterproof, are non-reactive to most chemicals, solvents, paints, and oils, and are temperature-resistant. When layered, they offer puncture, cut, and abrasion resistance. Their industrial applications include janitorial trades, food handling and processing, chemical and paint manufacturing, parts-handling and inspection in aerospace and defense, and even landscaping, among many others. In addition, PVC contains low-temperature compounds that give the gloves continued flexibility even during the coldest weather extremes.
Discover the full line of protective multipurpose, disposable domestic and professional gloves, and work gloves for the trades and professions at Quill. Get the hand protection you need around the home, at the clinic, or in any industrial workplace.