Marigold Hand Protection
Nitrile / Latex Unsupported Gloves
Here at Protec Direct we stock a great selection of latex and nitrile unsupported gloves, including products from top brands such as Ansell, Marigold and Polyco. These versatile gloves can be used in a wide range of industries, and are crucial in protecting staff against a range of hazards in the workplace.
We offer nitrile and latex unsupported gloves in a range of designs for different purposes, including:
- Chemical protective gloves
- Heavy duty rubber gloves
- Heavyweight gloves
- Flock lined gloves
- Nitrile gauntlets
What’s the Difference Between Nitrile and Latex Gloves?
Nitrile and latex gloves are often used for many of the same tasks. However, there are some key differences between the two. Nitrile gloves are produced using a nitrile synthetic rubber, whereas latex gloves are made using natural rubber. One of the main problems with latex gloves is that many people suffer from latex allergies, so you may wish to choose nitrile gloves to protect your staff from allergic reactions.
What are Unsupported Gloves?
The gloves available on this page are all unsupported gloves. This means that during production, a porcelain hand form is dipped directly into the nitrile or latex compound. The hand form is then retrieved and left to dry, before the dried nitrile or rubber is stripped away, resulting in the unsupported glove.
Supported gloves are made using a similar process. However, a knitted or woven supporting cloth liner is dipped into the compound, which then supports the glove and offers added strength to the finished product.
Nitrile and Latex Gloves in the Workplace
Latex and nitrile gloves share a number of useful attributes, including chemical and puncture resistance, high dexterity and sensitivity. They are ideal for use in a wide range of industries where protection from hazards such as chemicals is required.
Regulations for Protective Gloves
At Protec Direct, all of our personal protection equipment adheres to the required European Standards. The relevant standards for nitrile and latex gloves are as follows:
- EN 420 – This defines the requirements which are necessary in the production and sale of protective gloves, taking into consideration things like construction of the glove, whether it is fit for purpose, its safety, and the accurate sizing of the glove according to common European sizes.
- EN 374 – This standard is specific to protective gloves against chemicals and microorganisms. It focusses on the terminology and performance requirements of the gloves, as well as their resistance to penetration or permeation by chemicals.
Employers must follow regulations when their staff engage in tasks that put them at risk, which means providing equipment such as protective gloves when staff are handling dangerous substances. Regulations which must be adhered to include:
- Personal Protective Equipment Regulations (2002) – Employers have the duty to provide, and ensure use of, PPE which is needed to protect users against health and safety risks at work.
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (2002) – Employers must protect their workers by supplying the correct PPE against risk from hazardous substances - for example, cleaning chemicals and waste products.
Browse our selection of nitrile and latex unsupported gloves below, or take a look at our full range of PPE gloves to find more specialist products, including cut resistant gloves and heat resistant gloves.
Nitrile Coated Gloves
At Protec Direct we stock a variety of nitrile coated work gloves, offering a high level of grip and protection for workers in a range of industries. Customers can choose gloves from industry-leading brands, such as Ansell, Marigold and Showa, with a variety of designs and sizes available. Whether you are a self-employed trader or large organisation, it is the law to protect employees when on the job, so browse our range of nitrile coated gloves below to find what you need to keep your team safe.
What are nitrile gloves?
Nitrile is a synthetic rubber copolymer which is also known as NBR latex; however, contrary to what this name may suggest there are actually no latex proteins in the material. For this reason, nitrile is the hand protection material of choice for many businesses, as nitrile gloves can be safely worn by those who suffer from latex allergies without causing allergic reactions.
Nitrile’s properties include having an excellent resistance to punctures and tears – in fact, nitrile gloves are three times more puncture resistant than their rubber counterparts. It is also thin, comfortable and highly flexible, more resistant to oils and acids than both latex and rubber, and offers a superior level of non-slip grip regardless of whether the gloves are wet or dry.
Nitrile coated gloves go one step further by using nitrile to coat the glove lining, therefore adding another protective layer. The lining of the gloves can be made from a range of materials, including foam, nylon and spandex, and they can be either fully coated or partly coated, such as palm-coated nitrile gloves.
What are nitrile coated gloves used for?
Nitrile’s properties of being thin, tough and oil resistant mean that they are ideal for use in the mechanical, engineering and automotive industries. The fact that they offer users a high level of dexterity is also a huge bonus for workers in these industries, who commonly need to be nimble with their fingers while still having a high level of protection.
The enhanced grip of nitrile coated gloves also means they are commonplace in factories, warehouses, and production lines, as well as in the logistics industry. The grip allows workers to do their job more efficiently and the protective qualities defend hands from abrasive materials and repetitive wear and tear on the skin.
Regulations and Standards
Protec’s hand protection range conforms to the appropriate legislation requirements in order to ensure maximum safety for the user. These regulations and standards include:
- EN388 Standard – This European Standard covers the testing of safety gloves for protection against mechanical risks. It measures the gloves’ resistance to abrasion, blade cuts, tearing and punctures.
- Personal Protection Equipment Regulations (2002) – This sets out employers’ duties in providing and ensuring the use of PPE where there is a risk at work for employees. All PPE, including nitrile coated protective gloves, must be properly maintained, tested, stored and replaced when necessary.