Nitrile and Latex Gloves
Nitrile and Latex Gloves
Gloves can be very useful in different contexts and situations. For example, they can serve as health protection when carrying out certain care, or when caring for other people or family members. They also protect hands in professions exposed to harmful microorganisms, and in the home, when coming into contact with aggressive hygiene products.
Protecting our hands against possible harmful external agents, bacteria or viruses, is very important when it comes to ensuring our health and taking care of our hygiene. When working in healthcare areas with patients who may suffer from infections or require exquisite neatness when dealing with them, gloves are an essential tool, just as when working in food handling or cleaning activities with chemicals that may be harmful to the skin. They also protect hands in professions exposed to harmful microorganisms, and in the home, when coming into contact with aggressive hygiene products.
-Latex Gloves: Latex gloves can come in two formats, with powder or without powder inside. They are both valid options, and have great elasticity, molding perfectly to the hands and fingers. They have a smooth and uniform surface and come in a wide variety of formats and packs, for more specific use or for daily use.
-Nitrile Gloves: For those people who suffer allergic reactions to latex, or for those whose skin is more sensitive and does not react well to the use of this material, there are alternatives using gloves made with nitrile. Likewise, there may be powder-free or powder-free options, with textured fingers or with the inner part treated with a polymer coating that provides a very soft touch to avoid irritation.
-Latex-free gloves: Other latex-free options are vinyl gloves, with characteristics very similar to gloves made of latex.
What requirements must gloves meet?
Gloves should comply with certain regulations (specifically the Medical Device Directive MDD 93/42/EEC) to demonstrate that they have been successfully tested and tested according to several agreed standards:
EN 455-1: Medical gloves for single use. Requirements and tests to determine the absence of holes.
EN 455-2: Medical gloves for single use. Requirements and tests for the determination of physical properties.
EN 455-3: Medical gloves for single use. Requirements and tests for biological evaluation.
EN 455-4: Medical gloves for single use. Requirements and tests for determining useful life.