Buying Disposable Gloves

Gloves are essential items within the catering industry, as they protect the skin during cleaning tasks and help to prevent contamination in food preparation tasks. Which gloves are the best for each task and what are the requirements for your staff?

Choosing the right gloves can be difficult with such a large choice of materials on offer, including latex, nitrile, neoprene and vinyl. Do you know which gloves you might need for a particular task? What advantage do certain materials have over the others?

Gloves should never be a substitute for washing hands or using disinfectant. They must provide suitable protection against potential hazards and suit the wearer in terms of size and material, as some people have allergies to some of the common materials used.

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Nitrile Gloves

Best For:

  • Medical professionals
  • Automotive
  • Industry
  • Food Hygiene
  • Latex Allergies
  • Chemical spray resistance
  • Strength

Why?

Nitrile is very robust making it extremely resistant to punctures, tears and chemicals, as well as having good malleable properties. For this reason they are often used in the medical, laboratory and manufacturing industries.

Nitrile is made from synthetic rubber, meaning that it does not contain any of the same protein that could encourage a reaction, thus making it an excellent choice for latex allergy sufferers.

Things to Consider:

Nitrile gloves generally have a higher malleable strength and a far greater resistance to puncturing than natural rubber latex. Nitrile rubber is resistant to a range of chemicals and drugs but make sure you check the resistance prior to use.

It is important to check the chemical resistance available on the gloves you purchase before working with hazardous chemicals. Penetration rates will vary depending on the actual chemical and the glove itself.

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Latex Gloves

Best For:

  • Medical professionals
  • Beauty and Tattoo
  • Industry workers
  • Better dexterity
  • Second skin like fit
  • Green practices (Biodegradable)

Why?

Latex gloves offer great touch sensitivity and also a close skin fit for better agility to ensure that tasks are performed to high standards. The range of flexibility with Latex gloves means that they are often the first choice for workers in the beauty and tattoo industry who require fluid movement.

Latex is dependable and durable acting as a good barrier between infectious substances.

Things to Consider:

There are some people who suffer from allergies to latex (type I). This is a factor worth double checking before purchasing Latex gloves.

Latex is a biodegradable material which works well for companies that have green environmental practices in place. However, Latex is not resistant to many chemicals and its puncture resistance is not as good as that offered by nitrile gloves.

Powdered

  • Easy to put on
  • More resistant to rips and tears than powder free

Powder Free

Ideal for the food industry as there is no chance of powder getting into food.

vinyl gloves

Vinyl Gloves

Best For:

  • Food preparation
  • Cost saving
  • Working with non-hazardous materials
  • Latex Allergies
  • Low risk procedures

Why?

Vinyl Gloves are commonly used in the food industry when preparing food to minimise the risk of cross contamination. They are also completely synthetic, which means they are cheaper and cost effective making them ideal for shorter tasks that still require some level of protection.

Medical grade vinyl gloves are also suitable for a variety of low risk applications. Although they are not as durable as nitrile or latex they are also ideal for housekeeping and hygiene.

Things to Consider:

Vinyl is best for low risk jobs as it isn’t resistant against many chemicals. However, vinyl gloves do not contain latex or accelerators so are ideal for those who have allergies to these agents.

Powdered

  • Easy to put on
  • More resistant to rips and tears than powder free

Powder Free

Ideal for the food industry as there is no chance of powder getting into food.

polythene gloves

Polythene Gloves

Best For:

  • Food Preparation
  • Working with Non-hazardous substances
  • Light duty tasks
  • Latex Free
  • Those preferring a looser fit

Why?

Polythene gloves long lasting, resilient and are a great choice to minimise the risk of cross contamination. Polythene gloves usually come in large sizes and are also available in arm gauntlet form to offer protection for forearms too.

Polythene gloves are easily disposable and great for maintaining a good level of hygiene, making them a choice for a number of industries.

Things to Consider:

One downside to Polythene gloves is that they are not a good choice when a higher level of touch sensitivity is required due to their oversized design. Polythene gloves are also latex free, making them safe for those with type I allergies.

As Polythene gloves are generally lightweight they should only be used for minimal risk jobs. Polythene gloves are not suitable for medical purpose or contact with chemicals.