> Latex Gloves
Latex gloves have until recent years been the most popular type of disposable glove, due to their combination of excellent tactility and grip at a reasonable price, and they have in the past been the glove of choice with hospitals, doctors and dentists. Their downside has been that latex proteins in the glove can cause potentially fatal allergies in some people, prompting many organisations to ban their use, usually replacing them with vinyl or nitrile gloves. a recent rise in price has prompted even more of a move to alternatives, particularly the new generation of softer, more tactile nitrile gloves, which are now cheaper than latex. See in particular our Ultrathin Nitrile gloves.
Powdered Latex Gloves We supply a non-medical grade for hand protection in areas such as garages, farms, and light industrial processes, and a thicker, medical grade for some markets such as vets and tattooists. These both have a smooth finish.
Powder Free Latex Gloves These are preferred by most people because the washing process reduces the latex proteins present in the gloves, and thus the allergy risk is reduced. They are also microroughened (or microtextured) to give good grip where fluids are present, and meet AQL 1.5 production quality standards, as well as EN 455-1,2 &3 European standards. Main features are:
• Excellent grip and close fit.
• Become tacky in contact with oils, soaps or chemicals, so choose nitrile in that type of application.
• Most suited to medical use. Nitrile gloves are more robust for industrial applications.
Latex Allergies If you would like to know more about latex allergies click here (link to http://www.hse.gov.uk/latex/about.htm and http://www.allergyuk.org/fs_rubberlatex.aspx )