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Best Disposable Gloves Tips

Warehousing Safety Made Easy Part 2: Hand Protection – Disposable Gloves.


The next three parts of our Warehousing Safety Made Easy Articles will be devoted to Hand Protection.

Australian Safety Council* research shows that correct glove use reduces hand injuries by 60%.
The industries recording the most hand injuries are the construction, food and manufacturing sectors, however hand protection is required in many other areas including medical, chemical and agricultural environments.

The variety of hand protection available to today’s workplaces is enormous, and as such we will break this down over the next three instalments to provide adequate coverage to each area of hand protection. This month, we are covering
Disposable Gloves

ABL's 7 'Must Know' Tips for Disposable Glove Usage in Your Workplace.

1.    Assess your workplace environment and needs

When assessing any workplace hand protection it is important to know the exact task you require the glove to perform to ensure that it will do the job it is intended for. In the case of disposable gloves, these are intended for single usage and not for situations of mechanical risk/protection from cold/thermal risk/welding/cut resistance etc. Many disposable gloves are appropriate for cleaning, medical and food preparation tasks. Some may even have particular chemical resistance.

2.    HACCP & TGA approval

Many disposable gloves are used in the food and medical industries. Where applicable the HACCP approval (food industry standards), and/or listing with the Therapeutic Goods register (medical use standards) will be noted on the packaging and sales material for the gloves.

3.    What materials are used to manufacture disposable gloves & why?

Natural rubber/Latex

  • Very elastic and resistant to wear and tear
  • Good chemical resistance against alcohols and solvents (eg. Cleaning solvents)
  • Give excellent wearer dexterity and feel
  • Some general chemical resistance, for example, particularly resistant to acetone and methyl acrylate.
  • Latex may cause allergic reactions in some cases, and so alternative materials should be sought if this is the case (usually nitrile is the best alternative option)

Examples:

  ABL stocks a range of latex disposable gloves in both lightly powdered and powder-free options. 

Both are HACCP approved and TGA registered.

The Securitex Powder Free range is made with low protein latex to reduce the incidence of latex sensitivity.
  In addition, ABL stocks a range of HACCP approved rubber gloves, especially suitable for the food industry.

The most economical option are called Thrifty Yellows, which are flock-lined and suitable for washing up and general purpose applications.

Silver lined Pink and Blue glvoes are also available.

Nitrile

  • Nitrile rubber is very durable and resistant to cutting and punctures.
  • Very resistant to oil and petroleum based solvents and grease.
  • Great dry grip on many surfaces.
  • Nitrile is often used in situations where latex allergies are present. It is also particularly recommended for medical use and are the glove of choice for most frontline ambulance and first aid wearers. 
  • A great choice where latex is failing due to chemical exposure, for example in the fibreglass/marine industry.

Examples: 

  ABL stocks a range of  HACCP approved and TGA registered disposable Nitrile gloves.

Blax gloves (pictured) are an example of non HACCP Nitrile gloves used for non-food related purposes. They are excellent where chemical resistance is required, and where discoloration of gloves is undesirable (as in hairdressing).

All of our nitrile gloves are 100% latex free for allergy-friendly status.
 

Vinyl/PVC Gloves

  • Provide good durability and wet/dry grip.
  • Offers protection agains many water soluble chemicals (such as those used for cleaning) but only limited protection against organic solvents.
  • Vinyl gloves are also suitable for those with latex allergies.
  • New technology has developed Vinyl gloves that have examination grade fit and dexterity similar to latex suitable for medical and food use.

Examples:

  HACCP approved Foodie Blues which are the classic food industry disposable glove.

Free of latex and phthalates. 
  ABL also stocks new generation vinyl gloves, Stretch PFs, which are powder free, HACCP approved and TGA registered.

This major advance in technology features an ultra-soft fit like a latex glove for comfort and dexterity.

Neoprene (Polychloroprene)

  • Very good chemical protection.
  • Less resistance to wear and tear, but more tensile strength and elongation than Nitrile gloves
  • Latex free and suitable for use by latex allergy sufferers.
  • Not used for food but rather for medical purposes.

Example:

RCR’s Chemoprene gloves are resistant to strong acids, and many cytotoxic chemotherapy drugs, and are listed on TGA register.

These are not a stock line, but please feel free to contact ABL for more information, competitive quotes and fast lead times for delivery. 

4.    Powdered vs Non Powdered?

Traditionally, disposable gloves are often lightly powdered with corn starch for easy donning. The powdering does not affect the HACCP approval of gloves as powder is a food safe substance.

Powdered gloves are often NOT recommended as the best option for use in medical situations due to the many potential issues with cross contaimination etc.

With advances in technology powder free gloves are now available in every different material and these are often specially treated to allow for easy donning anyway. Please assess your need for powdered/unpowdered gloves based on what the gloves are used for.

5.    What’s colour got to do with it?

Colour has nothing to do with the chemical resistance or functionality of a glove. However, there are often industry based reasons why coloured gloves are required.

In food industries, for gloves and other protective wear, blue is usually the colour of choice. This is so that the gloves will be easily identified in food processing or handling areas which helps reduce any contamination.

Black disposable gloves such as the Blax range of nitrile gloves are useful in industries where discolouration of the gloves could be an issue, like in hairdressing.

In other workplaces, it may be useful to buy different material gloves in differing colours so that their specific purpose is easily identified by workers.
 

6.    Easy storage of multiple sizes/ranges of disposable gloves?

Space is always an issue in a workplace. To improve your workflow, consider wall mounting products for easy dispensing.

Disposable gloves are easily wall mounted using either 1 or 3 box wall mounted dispenser.  These dispensers, strategically placed, offer a hygienic and convenient solution to any workplace. 

7.    What chemicals for what glove?

Not sure what gloves are required for your workplace? If you require further information regarding which glove type to use for which chemicals please contact ABL and we will be able to supply you with a general guide as to what gloves are most effective for a given chemical based on published research data supplied by glove manufacturers.

As with all safety products, please take the advice given as general in nature and consider carefully the individual circumstances of your workplace. ABL is only happy to help you assess your workplace and find the right gloves for your company and employee’s needs – please contact us – we want to help! 

If you are in South East Queensland or Northern New South Wales one of our knowledgable and friendly territory managers are always happy to promptly call in and assist with any questions you may have.

We will continue our Warehouse Safety Made Easy series on Hand Protection by looking at Fitted Synthetic and Cut Resistant Gloves next month.

* Work-related hand and wrist injuries in Austrlia. July 2008, Australian Safety and Compensation Council.
 

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