Cleanroom gloves

Myth 7: One disposable glove can meet all my needs in the laboratory

Having one disposable glove to meet all needs is understandably an attractive proposition. However looking at the different hazards in the laboratory, a differentiated approach to selection of disposable glove may be more appropriate. We already know that gauge thickness, glove materials etc can provide varying levels of personal protection to chemical exposure. Likewise longer …

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Myth 6: Powder-free gloves are always “clean”

In the days when powdered gloves were regularly used in the laboratory, these were generally understood to be “dirty” having undergone minimal processing whilst the powder represented a significant contaminant. Powder-free gloves traditionally underwent washing and particularly chlorination to remove powder used as a release agent in the manufacturing process. However manufacturers are increasingly opting …

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Myth 3: Gloves of the same material and thickness offer a similar level of chemical resistance

Whilst there may be a correlation between glove material, thickness and chemical resistance properties, other factors may need to be borne in mind. Chlorination of gloves can give them a polished surface, which can enhance their chemical resistance. Likewise the waxy or polymer coating that is applied to gloves as an alternative to powder can …

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Myth 2: All nitrile gloves offer the same chemical resistance

With nitrile offering a broad range of chemical protection, this glove material is often selected where chemical exposure is a concern. In the face of increasing price pressure and perhaps also to give users latex-like comfort, manufacturers have been steadily reducing the thickness of their gloves. If we look at the palm thickness (the part …

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Myth 1: Only natural latex gloves can give me an allergy

As we wear gloves more frequently and for longer periods, the issue of glove-associated allergy is becoming an increasing concern. Whilst natural latex gloves are often associated with some of the most serious symptoms (latter may be systemic and can even lead to anaphylaxis), all glove materials have the potential for causing allergies.1)Lebenbom-Mansour, M.H. Oesterle, …

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