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Disposable Gloves

Note: Please note that all information provided is general, and is an aggregation of and attributed to the sources included below. Use your own judgment and regulatory guidance to make decisions around PPE usage in the workplace.

Last Updated: 9/14/20

What is the difference between different types of gloves?

  1. Latex gloves are made of natural rubber latex, and are are very flexible and stretchy.
  2. Nitrile gloves are made of petroleum based synthetic material, and are better at resisting tears and punctures, and protect against hazardous chemicals.
  3. Polychloroprene gloves are latex-free, and provide the comfort and feel of Latex and the barrier and strength of Nitrile. They offer offers moderate resistance to oils and petroleum products, but provides significantly greater resistance to sunlight, ozone, and weather.
  4. Rubber gloves can be unsupported (rubber only) or supported (rubber coating of textile glove). Its primary purpose is protection of the hands while performing tasks involving chemicals.

How should disposable gloves be used?

The CDC recommends that workers wear disposable gloves during the following activities:

The CDC instructs that disposable gloves should be disposed after each use and should never be washed or disinfected. Gloves should always be changed if they are ripped or torn.

What should you look for when shopping for disposable gloves?

The CDC only comments on glove materials in medical settings, but notes many different materials, including nitrile, natural rubber, polychloroprene, and vinyl, can be used.

If gloves are used for cleaning purposes, the cleaning agent’s Safety Data Sheet should be consulted to ensure that it can safely be used with the glove material.

What are standards for gloves?

Gloves should be large enough to fit securely on the hands without wrinkling or tearing. As per the CDC, double gloving and extended length gloves are not necessary, even when providing care to COVID-19 patients.

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