Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Here you will find all the basic questions and answers you need to know about disposable nitrile gloves. If you need more info about nitrile gloves, please use our contact form to send us a message.

What does PPE stand for?
PPE stands for personal protective equipment. PPE means any device or appliance designed to be worn or held by an individual for protection against one or more health and safety hazards.
What are nitrile gloves made from?
The raw material for nitrile gloves is synthetic rubber derived from two monomers: acrylonitrile and butadiene. Chemists combine the two monomers in a process called copolymerisation. Once the lab-produced materials are ready, they head off to the factory for production. The rest of the production process is largely the same as making latex gloves.
Are nitrile gloves food safe?
Dystian disposable nitrile gloves are food safe. However, not all gloves are certified “Food Safe”, so always check with the manufacturer before using nitrile gloves with food.
Are nitrile gloves waterproof?
Yes, Nitrile gloves are waterproof. The Glove Company’s nitrile gloves also have strong chemical resistance. Nitrile is derived from rubber so it is naturally waterproof.
How long are nitrile gloves good for?
Nitrile gloves last a long time, however like any natural product they will eventually degrade. To ensure your box of nitrile gloves lasts its lifetime, make sure that you store them out of direct sunlight, and out of the heat.
What do nitrile gloves protect against?
Nitrile Gloves protect the wearer’s hands. The nitrile material keeps the wears hands safe from any contamination, and they also stop the user from contaminating any item or surface that they are touching. Nitrile is waterproof, greaseproof, oil proof, and most importantly, chemical resistant to a range of common chemicals and substances. Check this post to know more about this.
Can you wash disposable gloves?
Disposable gloves cannot be used again after washing. Currently disposable gloves. It is more commonly used in medical settings. Such gloves usually cannot be used after use.
Do disposable gloves need to be disinfected when used?
Disposable gloves generally do not need to be disinfected and are thrown away directly after use. Disposable gloves sold in this drugstore are also clean, and generally, there is no virus, so they can be used directly without disinfection.
What disposable gloves are used in hospitals?
Examination Gloves, Surgical Gloves, Hypoallergenic Gloves. These gloves can also be used for outdoor first aid.
Are all disposable nitrile gloves powder-free?
Examination Gloves, Surgical Gloves, Hypoallergenic Gloves. These gloves can also be used for outdoor first aid.
What is the difference between surgical gloves and nitrile gloves?
Traditionally surgical gloves are made from latex. Nitrile medical gloves are a great alternative made from a synthetic copolymer. During production there is an additional step in the process which is why they used to be far more expensive than latex surgical gloves. Technological advances in recent years have resulted in more cost-efficient processes for producing disposable nitrile gloves. Today, nitrile and latex gloves are both affordable options.
Why are nitrile gloves usually blue?
Nitrile gloves are traditionally blue because of their association with healthcare and industrial usages. But not all of them are: the gloves actually come in a plethora of different colours, like violet, black and orange. Nitrile glove manufacturers usually avoid white so that the gloves won’t be associated with latex, as there’s been a higher incidence of latex glove allergies in recent years.
What size nitrile gloves do I need?
o get an idea of your glove size, first measure your dominant hand around your knuckles (not including your thumb). Then, measure your hand from its base to the tip (top of your middle finger). Once you have the two measurements in inches, take the larger of the two figures and round up. For example, if your lengthwise measurement is 6¼ inches and the circumference of your knuckles is 6½, then your glove size is 7.
What is the shelf life for nitrile gloves?
Nitrile gloves can last up to 10 years when stored in a cool, dry place. You won’t find a manufacturer who will guarantee this though! Most manufacturer guidelines state a shelf life of about four to five years, provided the gloves are stored according to the packaging guidelines.
What is the difference between sterile vs non-sterile gloves?
Non-sterile nitrile gloves are cheaper than their sterile counterparts, first of all. Sterile gloves are typically only used for surgical procedures. Sterile gloves are certified as such according to FDA standards. These standards indicate the minimum level that sterilisation techniques must meet along with the acceptable quality level (AQL) of pinholes. The combination of sterilisation methods, higher AQL, and stricter packaging standards is what makes sterile gloves more expensive than non-sterile ones.
How often should I change my nitrile gloves?
As a general rule, change your disposable gloves every two hours or if you notice any tears, punctures, or damage. You should also change your gloves if you’re switching tasks — such as if you’re working with cleaning chemicals after handling food ingredients. Healthcare professionals should change their gloves after every patient they see. This prevents the spread of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs).