Synthetic Gloves FAQs

Synthetic gloves - what are they made from?
Synthetic gloves are a non biodegradable, synthetic material made from polyvinyl chloride - PVC. These include plasticizers. This means that like vinyl gloves, synthetic will therefore have a longer expiry date compared to gloves like latex. The material is also protein-free which can reduce allergic reactions, but with specialist softening chemicals added at manufacture so reactions may occur.

Can you be Allergic to Synthetic gloves?
On occasion some people may have a reaction to a chemical that’s used in manufacture of synthetic gloves (softening chemicals). These reactions are very rare on these types of gloves, however, as will all reactions that result in red, itchy and irritative skin (contact dermatitis), then discard use and seek an alternative glove type.

Synthetic gloves - what are they used for?
Synthetic gloves are used for a large number of different reasons. Depending on certification of manufacture, usually confirmed in the gloves product description and manufacturing specifications, they can be used for the following.

  • Food hygiene.
  • Tattooing and Piercing
  • Protection against soiling and low hazard chemicals.
  • If the synthetic gloves have EN455 certification - and are therefore registered as a Class 1 Medical Device - they can be used patient care. It's important to note that the gloves need to be changed following each procedure and each patient to prevent cross contamination.
  • Hairdressing
  • Light DIY jobs such as painting and decorating.
  • Light car and vehicle maintenance

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