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FAQ: Disposable Vinyl Gloves

Disposable vinyl gloves are an economical option for single-use hand protection.  Vinyl gloves provide a barrier of hand protection and are most commonly used when handling food and other non-hazardous materials.  Here are some of the most common questions and answers about vinyl gloves.  

What are disposable vinyl gloves?

Vinyl gloves are single-use gloves that provide a light barrier of inexpensive hand protection.   Vinyl gloves are designed to be worn for limited periods of time when conducting general purpose tasks such as gardening, food service and handling light chemicals.   

What are vinyl gloves made from?

Vinyl gloves are made from a type of plastic called polyvinyl chloride (PVC).   PVC is a synthetic polymer used in a wide range of retail, commercial and industrial products.    

What are benefits of vinyl gloves?

  • Cost effective
  • Latex-free
  • Anti-static
  • Flexible

What are vinyl gloves used for?

  • Food handling and cooking
  • Cleaning tasks
  • Light medical use (if exam grade) with low exposure to bodily fluids

Are vinyl gloves food safe?

Yes, vinyl gloves are recommended for handling food and cooking.  

What do vinyl gloves protect against?

  • Waterproof
  • Dirt
  • Grease
  • Oil
  • Mild chemicals

Are vinyl gloves chemical resistant?

Vinyl gloves are less durable than latex and nitrile gloves.  They offer limited protection against chemical or biohazard exposure.    

Can vinyl gloves cause an allergic reaction?

Vinyl gloves pose no risk of allergic reaction.  

When should vinyl gloves be changed?

Disposable vinyl gloves should be changed at least every thirty minutes.   For food service applications, gloves should be changed anytime a separate food item is prepared.  Gloves should also be changed when transitioning from one type of task to another.  

When must a food handler wear gloves?

The FDA Food Code, upon which local food codes are based, requires that gloves be used when handling any ready-to-eat (RTE) foods.  RTE foods are those that do not have a heat treatment that can kill bacteria.  Examples include raw fruits, vegetables, bakery items, deli meats and cheeses.  

Exceptions to this rule include tasks such as washing produce or when handling ready-to-eat ingredients for a dish that will be cooked to the correct internal temperature.  

Are vinyl gloves waterproof?

Yes, vinyl gloves are waterproof assuming there are no existing punctures or tears.  

Are vinyl gloves recyclable?

Vinyl gloves are recyclable as long as they have not been contaminated by chemicals, bacteria or biohazardous materials.  Vinyl gloves are non-biodegradable.  

Where can I buy vinyl gloves?

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