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A Guide To Nitrile Coated 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 a thin, comfortable and highly flexible material, is 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’s exterior, 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 partially 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 nitrile coated gloves are ideal for use in the mechanical, engineering and automotive industries. The fact that they offer wearers 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 ensuring they’re protected from workplace hazards. 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 legislative 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.

 

Browse our complete range of nitrile coated work gloves today to find the best options for you and your employees, or explore our full selection of PPE gloves, including unsupported nitrile gloves.

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