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Disposable Gloves Buying Guide

Disposable gloves are used by professionals in a wide range of industries to create a barrier between the wearer’s hands and potentially dangerous substances.

Single-use gloves are most commonly used in the following industries:


  • - Medicine – to prevent cross-contamination and infection, as well as protecting the wearer from the likes of blood and bodily fluids.
  • - Catering – to prevent food from being contaminated with bacteria from the wearer’s hands.
  • - Chemical industries – to prevent harmful chemicals from touching the skin in laboratories and similar environments.
  • - Police & emergency services - to prevent officers from contaminating evidence, and to protect them from substances such as blood or chemicals.
  • - Janitorial, refuse & waste – to prevent the wearer from coming into physical contact with any hazardous substances which have been disposed of.

What are disposable gloves made from?


There are a number of materials that disposable gloves can be made from, with each one having its own qualities that make it more suitable for certain tasks or industries.


Disposable latex gloves


Latex gloves are famously durable and flexible, so they’ve long been the material of choice when it comes to disposable gloves. However, organisations buying latex gloves must ensure that no one who intends to use them suffers from a latex allergy.


Disposable nitrile gloves


Nitrile is highly regarded as one of the best materials for making disposable gloves. Nitrile gloves offer all the benefits of latex but without the allergies, as the material was specially created to eliminate the allergic effect of latex.


Disposable vinyl gloves


Vinyl is much cheaper to produce than both latex and nitrile, so vinyl gloves are most commonly used as a solution for saving costs on a single use consumable. Typically, vinyl gloves are looser fitting and are therefore not ideal for dextrous tasks. There are also both powdered and powder-free gloves available to buy here at Protec. The powder in powdered gloves is intended to soak up perspiration and make gloves more comfortable during long use. However, some wearers can find it irritates their skin.


Disposable Glove Regulations


All of our disposable gloves adhere to the EN 420:2003 European Standard, which sets out the requirements gloves must meet in order to be seen as fit for use in a professional setting. These regulations are aimed at ensuring that all safety gloves offer maximum protection for the conditions in which they’ll be used. Browse our full selection of disposable gloves, or take a look at our full range of safety gloves for a variety of purposes. Our selection includes everything from rubber gloves to protective sleeves, so you can find exactly you need for the task at hand.


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