Over the past decade, standards and expectations for the perfect cleanroom glove have changed. In the past, the natural glove choice for a controlled environment was the latex glove. However, nitrile glove manufacturing technology has improved making nitrile the most appropriate substrate choice for most applications. Here are three key differences between nitrile and latex gloves.
Latex gloves are made from organic tree sap, making it a natural product with significant variability. The FDA has recognized allergenic proteins present in latex, which is potentially more harmful to the user. Nitrile gloves that are composed of a 100% clean inorganic synthetic material, and there are no allergenic proteins. Be cautious of nitrile gloves that have a high “filler” content. The most common filler is calcium nitrate. The filler negatively impacts the gloves performance. Nitrile is the superior alternative to reduce operator allergic reactions.
Because of the non-conforming form of latex, this glove retains its original structure regardless of the length of time it has been worn. This “lack of sizing memory” creates a more uncomfortable and inconvenient fit for the user. However, nitrile gloves have a memory-membrane, which adapts to the shape of the user's hand. Not only does this improve the level of comfort in a glove, it also helps against motion and chronic hand fatigue.
Since nitrile gloves are made of 100% synthetic material, this type of glove is superior when it comes to puncture resistance. Alternatively, latex gloves are not as durable and can tear easily if it is used too roughly. When it comes to top-notch barrier protection, using nitrile gloves is undoubtedly the better option.
Make your switch today from latex to the Valutek Nitrile Glove. For more information about the differences between latex and nitrile gloves, please contact us at Valutek or click below to request your FREE sample!