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FAQ: Disposable Nitrile Gloves

Disposable nitrile gloves are an excellent choice for single-use hand protection.  Nitrile gloves are chemical and tear resistant and offer a comfortable fit for short or long-term use.  Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and answers about nitrile gloves.   

What are disposable nitrile gloves?

Disposable nitrile gloves are single-use gloves made from synthetic rubber material called nitrile.  They are a basic form of hand protection, generally lightweight and thin and intended to be used for brief periods of time.  

What are nitrile gloves made from?

Nitrile gloves are made up of acrylonitrile and butadiene polymers.  When combined, these materials form nitrile, a durable synthetic rubber.  

Are nitrile and latex gloves the same?

No, nitrile and latex gloves are not the same.  Nitrile gloves are made of durable synthetic rubber.  Latex gloves are made of natural latex rubber.  Nitrile and latex gloves each have unique features and benefits as well as factors to consider.

  • Nitrile Gloves:
    • Features:
      • Puncture resistant
      • Chemical resistant
      • Long-lasting and durable
      • Allergen-free
    • Considerations:
      • Less comfortable
      • Typically, not biodegradable
      • Restricted ease of movement
      • Less protection from viruses and bacteria
  • Latex Gloves:
    • Features:
      • Biodegradable
      • Close fitting for excellent range of motion
      • Superior protection from bacteria and viruses
      • Comfortable for long-term wear
    • Considerations:
      • Increased chance of puncture
      • Poor protection from cleaning chemicals
      • Potential for allergic reactions
      • Less durable than nitrile

What are nitrile gloves used for?

Nitrile gloves can be used for a wide range of tasks.  Common uses for nitrile gloves include laboratory work, cleaning, maintenance, light chemical handling, cooking, food handling, automotive maintenance, medical examination, dentistry, personal care, haircare and tattoo artistry.  

Are nitrile gloves latex free?

Nitrile gloves are latex free.  Some nitrile gloves do contain accelerator materials, which are used during the manufacturing process.  In a very small percentage of the population (<1%), these added materials can potentially cause an allergic reactions.  

What do nitrile gloves protect against?

  • Waterproof
  • Greaseproof
  • Oil resistant
  • Resistant to broad array of chemicals, including solvents and corrosive materials
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Puncture resistant

Are nitrile gloves chemical resistant?

Nitrile gloves are chemical resistant for short term exposure to a range of materials.  In general, nitrile gloves are resistant to oils, fuels, some organic solvents, mild acids and mild caustics.  

Are nitrile gloves food safe?

Nitrile gloves are safe for use when handling food.

Can nitrile gloves be used for cooking?

Nitrile gloves are an excellent option for use when cooking and preparing food products.  

How often should nitrile gloves be changed?

As a rule of thumb, disposable nitrile gloves should be changed every two hours or when any tears, punctures or damage are noticed.  Nitrile gloves should also be changed when switching tasks, such as handling cleaning chemicals after handling food ingredients.   Healthcare professionals should change nitrile gloves after every patient.  

Are nitrile gloves recyclable?

Nitrile gloves are recyclable as long as they are not being used with hazardous materials.  It is recommended that nitrile gloves be recycled according to local recycling standards.  Most nitrile gloves are not biodegradable, however some are made of materials which allow them to biodegrade when placed in landfills.  

Do nitrile gloves conduct electricity?

Nitrile gloves do not conduct electricity.  Nitrile material has a strong resistance to electricity and has insulating properties which do not allow electricity to easily pass through.   

Are nitrile gloves anti-static?

Generally, nitrile gloves are anti-static.  Check manufacturer specifications to confirm.  

Are nitrile gloves heat resistant?

Disposable nitrile gloves are heat resistant up to approximately 100° F.  

What is the shelf life of nitrile gloves?

Most manufacturer guidelines indicate a shelf life of up to five years when gloves are stored properly.  

Where can I buy disposable nitrile gloves?

SupplyLand offers a wide range of stock disposable nitrile glove options including a variety of colors, thicknesses and grades.  Shop now.

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