Should I Wear Disposable Gloves With My Face Mask?

Along with your N95 face mask or KN95 face mask, you should also use disposable gloves to limit the spread of the virus. Wearing gloves can assist in upkeeping personal hygiene, but be sure not to cross-contaminate whilst wearing them, as that can defeat their purpose.

Hand sanitisers are also an effective measure to kill viruses/bacteria from the surfaces of the hands when water and soap are unavailable. 

Medical gloves come in a few different form and materials. They are largely manufactured so that a medical glove will fit both a left and a right hand.

You can get medical glove both powdered and powder-free.

It is recommended that if you have a latex allergy to use a vinyl glove.

Medical gloves are manufactured to a specific standard:
Comply with EN455-2
Industry standard 240mm cuff length
Quality management in accordance with ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 standards
AQL 1.5 medical grade

Medical gloves both examination and surgical are supplied in dispenser boxes of one hundred ambidextrous gloves.

There are a few different types of disposable gloves used for different things:

  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Latex Gloves
  • Nitriles Gloves

The word nitrile is used to describe a rubber compound that is synthetic. This material is most commonly used as a glove material that is disposable. The compound Nitrile has been used in medicine for many years but has recently become much more affordable. Because of this, the Nitrile medical glove has gained immensely in popularity not only in medicine but also within the services (predominantly cleaning) & food preparation.

The benefits of the nitrile gloves are that they have a much higher puncture rate of any of their competitors, much higher than latex & vinyl gloves hence the reason they are the preferred choice.
  • Have a long shelf life
  • Are available in blue or black to help identify if the glove has been punctured
  • Are good for wearing an extended amount of time
  • Work well for high-risk situations involving infectious material
  • Resist many chemicals
  • Latex-free
  • Are most puncture-resistant
  • Have a high level of sensitivity
  • Mould to your hand for a great fit

We all know what latex is and where it comes from. Rubber trees have been providing us with the basic compounds for many products including medical gloves. However, many people have an allergic reaction to latex. Latex gloves, however, are the most commonly used. Latex gloves are mostly used because that was has been used historically but there is a slow move towards the use of Nitrile gloves.
  • Are good for wearing for an extended amount of time
  • Work well for high-risk situations involving infectious material
  • Are cost-effective
  • Fit like a second skin
  • Have a high level of touch sensitivity
  • Are lightly powdered, making it easier to put on
  • Are very elastic and strong
  • Are biodegradable

Gloves made from vinyl are the popular choice of many companies within the food industry and other industries where durability and high levels of protection are required.

Though less durable they are the most cost-effective.

Features include:
  • Latex-free great for allergies
  • Have a looser fit and easier to put on
  • Mostly lightly powdered which makes it easier to put them on
  • Are good for short-term, low-risk tasks
  • Have anti-static properties
  • Are best for use with non-hazardous materials
  • Cost effect and therefore Are the most economic option 

So after all that information on gloves, this leads us to the question of Which Gloves are Better, Nitrile or Latex?

The answer is that Nitrile gloves are a stronger higher quality glove then Latex. However, Latex is a cheaper option for those that do not require stronger chemical and puncture resistance. 

It does depend on what job or task you are planning on using gloves for. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch:



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