If you are considering making the move to nitrile, then read through this guide to determine if it's right for you…
What are Nitrile Gloves?
Nitrile gloves are made with a type of synthetic rubber, created with acrylonitrile and butadiene.
It has resistance to oil, chemicals and fuel, as well as being able to withstand temperatures of -40°C up to 108°C without melting.
Nitrile generally has more resistance to punctures than latex and is the preferred alternative to those who suffer from latex allergies.
Nitrile gloves are now the most common glove used within a huge variety of industries worldwide.
Why are nitrile gloves so popular?
Nitrile gloves are proving popular because they are created using manmade materials and are a great alternative for those who suffer with a latex allergy. Latex free gloves, including nitrile, not only protect the wearer and patient from the the symptoms that can flare up when coming into contact with latex, but also help prevent the risk of cross infection when used correctly. They are also a cheaper alternative to latex, because the price of manufacturing is consistent - prices cannot change dramatically due to the sudden demand for a natural grown material. Nitrile gloves also offer protection against handling certain chemicals, oils and potential contaminants and are ideal for use within most environments; from medical professions, dentists, tattooists, beauticians, vets, carehomes to industrial cleaning, automotive or for everyday tasks in and around the home/workplace. Nitrile is the number one choice of glove whatever the task!
Medical or Industrial grade?
Now you understand the benefits that come with choosing nitrile gloves, it’s time to determine which type best fit your needs. Nitrile gloves fall into two grades – medical and industrial. Let’s take a closer look at what each of these mean...
Medical Grade: Also referred to as ‘Exam’ grade, this type of nitrile glove is best for those working in medical professions where they require protection from contact with blood borne pathogens or contaminants in the environment. You will notice dental practices, hospitals, doctor surgeries and laboratories opting for this grade of glove, as they have undergone rigorous testing to ensure they provide the protection those wearing them require.
Are Nitrile gloves Food Safe?
Yes, powder free nitrile gloves are ideal for handling all types of food. All our medical grade nitrile meet EC 1935/2004 and European Regulation 10/2011.
Industrial Grade: Usually worn by those working within an industrial environment or general low risk tasks, industrial grade disposable gloves are best reserved for workers in the janitorial and automotive industries. Industrial grade nitrile are gloves that when tested do not meet the strict conformity guideline of a medical grade glove and therefore can offer differing levels of protection. There are thicker grades of nitrile available which are also anti-static, ideal for those working with machinery or electronics.
If you are looking for reusable heavyweight nitrile gloves take a look at our range of gloves online.
What about size?
Gloves are available in a variety of sizes, so before purchasing why not order a free sample to try out to ensure fit and quality are up to scratch. Most nitrile gloves are available from X/Small up to X/Large. The right fit is important. Too small and the glove can be stretched excessively causing the material to break or fracture, too large and it may not offer the wearer the optimum protection available against chemicals and contamination.
Does colour matter?
Blue is the standard colour for this type of glove, but for the automotive industry and tattooists most will opt for black nitrile gloves as they hide the appearance of oil, dirt and blood. For those that work in a clinical enviroment White nitrile is a great alternative whereas Pink is preferred by those working in the beauty industry.
During sterile procedures wearing two different coloured layers of gloves (double donning) enables the user to easily identify if any holes or tears have occured when in use, this is a great way to help prevent the risk of cross infection.
Should you opt for powdered gloves or powder free?
Powdered gloves are a popular choice for those working within industries where gloves need to be taken on and off regularly; they also absorb moisture. However, many prefer powder free gloves as they do not leave a residue when removed and can be taken on and off just as easily as their powdered counterparts. Does your industry have a recycling policy in place? Not only are nitrile gloves excellent at reducing impact on the environment, as they are created using a manmade material, they are also hard wearing enough to last longer and reduce the amount of gloves disposed.
Do you require heavy duty or standard thickness gloves?
The thickness of your nitrile gloves will make a difference to your ability to carry out tasks. Disposable nitrile gloves will usually be around 0.06mm-0.08mm in thickness and can provide splash resistance to chemicals/fluids. Standard nitrile gloves generally offer the user increased
sensitivity and precision as well as providing strength and comfort. They are ideal for reducing hand fatigue when wearing gloves for prolonged periods. Thicker grade nitrile is also available for when the wearer requires extra protection, strength and durability. Thicker grade nitrile will last longer and provide better protection when handling chemicals/fluids.
What regulations must you meet?
Each industry has set requirements on what its PPE must adhere to, therefore it’s very important you discover what these are and compare them to those listed, for the gloves you are considering.
All medical grade gloves conform to AQL 1.5 CE Class 1 Medical grade standard and comply with BS EN 455. The EN 455 series of standards refer to the testing that must be carried out on medical gloves, which include such elements as visual defects, force at break strength, freedom from holes. Whilst the EN420, EN374, and EN388 series of standards determine the PPE requirements for chemical and mechanical handling. Check carefully to ensure the gloves you choose are compliant.
To assist with your choice, you will discover a complete breakdown of their features on each product description/data sheet, on the Brosch Direct website.
Nitrile Glove Range
Take a look at what nitrile gloves are on offer...
Brosch Direct offer an extensive range of Nitrile Gloves
Whether you are a healthcare professional or are simply looking for a disposable glove to use for tasks around the home, Brosch Direct stocks an extensive range that provides the right glove for the right task!
Our quality range of Nutouch Disposable Gloves are one of the UK's most popular brands on the market and with our PRICE BEATER GUARANTEE you are sure to find the right glove for you...
Nutouch 1.5 Blue Nitrile Powder Free Gloves
AQL 1.5 Medical Grade | Only £4.95* Box of 200
Nutouch 1.5 White Nitrile Powder Free Gloves
AQL 1.5 Medical Grade | Only £4.95* Box of 200
Nutouch 1.5 Black Nitrile Powder Free Gloves
AQL 1.5 Medical Grade | From £4.49* Box of 100
Nutouch 1.5 Pink Nitrile Powder Free Gloves
AQL 1.5 Medical Grade | Only £3.95* Box of 100
One of the strongest 9 Newton Nitrile gloves available on the market!
Nutouch Blue EXTRA STRONG Nitrile Powder Free Gloves
Our highest grade, ultra-strong 9 Newton nitrile glove. Superior quality with textured fingers for maximum grip.
AQL 1.5 Medical Grade | Only £4.49* Box of 100
Nutouch 4.0 Blue Nitrile Powder Free Gloves
AQL 4.0 Industrial Grade | Only £3.49* Box of 100
View our full range of nitrile gloves online at www.broschdirect.com *prices correct June 2017.
Glove Box Dispensers
Glove box dispensers are essential for storing all types of disposable gloves safely and hygienically. Various types are available and include single/triple pvc and wire dispensers, as well SafeDon glove dispensers. All glove box dispensers are wall mountable so work surfaces are kept clear which in turn helps to reduce the risk of cross contamination.
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