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Disposable gloves FAQs

Are any of the glove’s reusable/recyclable?
None of the Vinyl, Latex, Nitrile, Synthetic, Vynite gloves are designed to be reusable and we would advise not to do so. Generally, they are not recycled in local authorities because the recycling process is quite complicated, however, there are online companies that can recycle the gloves. As they are used for medical practices, it’s not advised that gloves used for these purposes are recycled as they should be disposed of after use.

What makes a glove food safe?
It is important to ensure that the food is protected against contact with your hands, but also that it is protected against any materials leaching from the gloves and any allergen this could cause for people. Latex, although they are food safe because of the treatment and manufacturing process are advised not to suitable because they may cause an allergic reaction in people eating food prepared by them. Nitrile and Vinyl gloves are the best choices for food preparation.

What does AQL mean?
The Acceptable Quality Level (AQL) is an internationally recognised quality standard designed to assess the statistical quality control of products such as medical protective gloves. The lower the number the lower chance there is for defects. So AQL 1.5 means that there is a 1.5% chance of a defect in the batch of gloves.

What does the EN standards on the gloves mean?
Gloves must be tested to a certain standard to achieve an EN rating. The EN rating is a set of European standards to ensure products adhere to a certain quality. The main EN ratings for gloves are EN455 and EN374 and are therefore the gloves are registered as a Class 1 Medical Device. For more information please visit our Standards and Markings Guide


Vinyl

What is Vinyl made of?
Vinyl is a synthetic, non-bio-degradable, protein-free material made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and plasticizers. Since vinyl gloves are synthetic and non-biodegradable, they have a longer shelf life than latex gloves, which often start to break down over time.

Can you be allergic?
Allergic reactions to vinyl gloves are almost non-existent. Most of the time if there is a reaction it is contact urticaria, which is a simple skin irritation caused by perspiration and lack of ventilation inside the glove.

What are Vinyl gloves used for?
The main uses for Vinyl gloves are food hygiene, protection against soiling and low hazard chemicals. As they are a Class 1 Medical Device, they are used daily for patient care.

Why are some gloves powdered?
Powdered gloves generally include a type of corn starch, which is designed to improve grip, fast donning and can be used to reduce sweat. They are popular within the healthcare industries due to their simple fast and efficient use. However non-powdered gloves are friendlier to skin, far stronger and a lot more versatile. Non-powdered gloves are better suited to the food and mechanics industries.


Latex

What is Latex made of?
The most popular glove material, latex is a biodegradable material made of material originating from the latex ducts of rubber trees and despite the development of synthetic materials, is still the most elastic, resilient and form fitting material for gloves. For further details regarding Gloveman’s Latex gloves please visit https://www.gloveman.co.uk/AdditionalDepartments/Footer-Columns/Company-Information/Manufacturing-2

Can you be allergic to the latex gloves?
Yes, latex is an allergen and can cause allergic reactions such as contact dermatitis. Latex allergies can also develop with the use of latex gloves.

Symptoms?
Usually the hand becomes irritated, red and itchy. If you develop any of these symptoms discard the gloves and seek an alternative.

What are Latex gloves used for?
Cleaning, protection from infection, and good for handling inorganic chemicals. As they are a Class 1 Medical Device, they are used daily for patient care.

Why are some gloves powdered?
Powdered gloves generally include a type of corn starch, which is designed to improve grip, fast donning and can be used to reduce sweat. They are popular within the healthcare industries due to their simple fast and efficient use. However non-powdered gloves are friendlier to skin, far stronger and a lot more versatile. Non-powdered gloves are better suited to the food and mechanics industries.


Nitrile

What is Nitrile?
Nitrile gloves are made from nitrile butadiene rubber, another synthetic material, making them an alternative for people with latex allergies and has a longer shelf life than latex gloves. Nitrile is three times more resistant to punctures than latex, however, once the glove is punctured it will tear completely.

What are Nitrile gloves used for?
Food hygiene preparation, protection against soiling and splash protection against some mild chemicals. As they are a Class 1 Medical Device, they are used daily for patient care.

What are the accelerators in Nitrile and can you be allergic to them?
Chemical accelerators are used in glove manufacturing to hasten the linkage of molecules in natural rubber latex or in synthetic rubber latex like nitrile and vinyl. You can be allergic to the accelerators in Nitrile with reactions ranging from dry itchy irritated areas on the skin to a severe allergic reaction similar to what some people have to bee stings.

What is better Accelerator Nitrile glove or Accelerator free and why?
Since the accelerators used in the manufacture are purely to speed up the process of making the gloves Accelerator free would be better as then there can be no allergic reactions. Nitrile gloves with accelerators are usually slightly cheaper as they can be produced in greater numbers in the same time frame.


Synthetic

What are the Synthetic gloves made from?
Synthetic gloves are non-bio-degradable, protein-free material made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and plasticizers, like our vinyl gloves, but treated to make them soft and more pliable. Since they are synthetic and non-biodegradable, they have a longer shelf life than latex gloves, which often start to break down over time.

Can you be Allergic?
On occasion some people may have a reaction to a chemical that’s used in manufacture, although they are very rare on these types of gloves.

If so, what are the symptoms?
Usually the hand becomes irritated, red and itchy. If you develop any of these symptoms discard the gloves and seek an alternative.

What are Synthetic gloves used for?
As they are a class 1 Medical device, and that they are very soft and smooth they are ideal for patient care are there is no painful dragging on the patient’s skin when handling. They can be used as a barrier glove when using other gloves on top, i.e rigger gloves, or Latex Household gloves. They also provide a barrier when worn against infections and viral transmission on contact.


Vynite

What is Vynite?
They are made from a blend of vinyl gloves (see vinyl ingredients) and Nitrile (see nitrile ingredients) which offer the same great benefits of both and provide a workable alternative to latex, or Nitrile.

Can you be allergic to Vynite?
On occasion some people may have a reaction to a chemical that’s used in manufacture, although they are very rare on this type of glove.

If so what are the symptoms?
Usually the hand becomes irritated, red and itchy. If you develop any of these symptoms discard the gloves and seek an alternative.

What are Vynite gloves used for?
As they are a class 1 medical device they can be used for patient care, however, they can also in garages, in workshops, painting and decorating and light domestic chores. They also provide a barrier when worn against infections and viral transmission on contact.


PE and Poly

What are PE and Poly gloves made from?
PE and Poly gloves are made from either low or high-density polythene materials.

Can PE or Poly glove cause an allergic?
You can be allergic to polythene products although it is very rare.

What are PE and Poly gloves used for?
PE and Poly gloves are suitable for light duty tasks and usually have a looser fit. They cannot be used for care as they do not conform to the correct EN Standard for such and offer the wearer no protection against infection.


Paper

What is the difference between centrefeed and normal rolls?
Centrefeed means that the roll of paper will come from a dispenser or a central point of the roll itself instead of from the outside. Most types will have to have the cardboard core removed prior to use, which enables the roll to unravel freely from the centre.

Does the type of fold make any difference?
The type of fold only makes a difference when using a dispenser that is designed to dispense a certain fold. If a different fold of paper is used it could cause the dispenser to become blocked. A C-Fold paper towel for example, will automatically pull down the next sheet for dispensing.

Is the tissue paper used recycled?
Some tissue paper is recycled however you should always check the product to see if it is made from recycled materials or not.

Is the tissue paper recyclable?
Although tissues are made of paper, they are made of very short fibres which are not high enough quality to be recycled. Tissues should be placed in your rubbish bin.

Are there any chemicals in the making of the tissue paper someone could be allergic to?
Yes - some tissue paper is made with certain chemicals or fragrances which someone could be allergic to. If you have any symptoms you should visit your doctor.

Is more ply actually better?
This depends on the task that is being performed but the more ply the paper is the thicker it is. This means that it will be stronger and more absorbent.


Polythene

What is polythene?
Polythene is a lightweight, durable thermoplastic with variable crystalline structure. It is one of the most widely produced plastics in the world (tens of millions of tons are produced worldwide each year). Polythene is made from the polymerization of ethylene (or ethene) monomer.

How is Polythene made?
Polythene is made by several methods by addition polymerization of ethene, which is principally produced by the cracking of ethane and propane, naphtha and gas oil.

What does µm mean?
µm is a micron which is a unit of measurement. A micron (µm) is a thickness measurement 1µm = 0.0010mm. Usually used in the thickness measurement of polythene such as polythene aprons.

Can you recycle polythene?
Polythene is widely recycled but you will need to check if your local authority collects it with the recycling.

Can you be allergic to polythene or anything in it?
You can be allergic to polythene products although it is very rare.

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