Safety gloves, better known as disposable gloves, play a vital role in ensuring the safety of the workers from the problems that may be caused by biohazards, chemicals, and medical waste. However, there is a lot of hearsay in the world about these products.
Today, in this blog, we are setting the record straight for you. We will be discussing various myths associated with these gloves and clear the air around these myths. So, without further ado, let’s go through common myths we have heard and the actual truths…
Myth #1: More Texture in Disposable Gloves Means Better Grip:
One of the most common misconceptions about disposable gloves is that more texture gives a better grip. However, texture has very little effect on the grip of the gloves.
In fact, surface treatment plays a significant role in the grip factor of the glove. Natural latex is very sticky and glue-like in texture. It needs surface treatment like surface chlorination and coating to become useful from a large ball of adhesive. Chlorination changes the surface properties of the latex and converts it into a hard, lower tack shell around gloves. Coating adds a new, lower tack layer to the glove.
Truth: Surface treatment, like chlorination & coating, are responsible for better glove grip & not texture.
Myth #2: Wearing Gloves gives 100% Safety
This is a general misconception that once we put on gloves, we are safe from potential threats. However, according to a study, only after 12 minutes of simulated clinical use, the latex & vinyl glove defect rate increases to 9 and 35% respectively. Simply said, the gloves start to degrade and wear. The safest gloves among all, nitrile gloves also, without proper curing and cross-linking, start to swell and develop holes.
Other important factors in safety gloves are potential defect rate, average wear time and application. The buyer should consider these before choosing the gloves.
Truth: No gloves area 100% safe, as they degrade during use. Frequent change of gloves by understanding the average wear time ensures maximum safety.
Myth #3: There are Gloves Which are 100% Nitrile, Natural Latex or Vinyl
It is important to understand that without additives, working with these materials will not be possible. Nitrile and natural latex require the addition of curatives, cross-link agents and accelerators for a strong and durable glove. Similarly, plasticizers and activation agents are required in vinyl gloves.
Truth: 100% Nitrile, Natural Latex & Vinyl Gloves are not possible
Myth #4: All Disposable Gloves are Same
Disposable gloves come in different material types. The most common disposable gloves are nitrile gloves, latex gloves, and vinyl gloves. All these gloves have different properties and are most effective against different problems.
Nitrile gloves have better puncture and chemical resistance including oils & solvents. Latex gloves have better tear resistance and are known for their better dexterity. Vinyl gloves have best electrostatic dissipation properties and are most effective against sulfuric acid.
Truth: Not all gloves are the same, and their performance varies with the type of material they are made from.
Here, Let us understand the various properties and compare the gloves:
Myth #5: Expensive Disposable Gloves Give Better Protection
One of the biggest mistakes people make while buying disposable gloves is looking for the most expensive option, as it is generally believed, the expensive the product is, the better the quality will be.
However, here you need to understand the kind of work you are going to take from these gloves, like in medical exam applications, the gloves are frequently changed, despite being expensive or cost-effective.
Truth: Choose the glove depending on your requirement and not on the cost factor
In the end, choosing the right glove type is not simple. A lot of critical factors need to be considered. Understanding the truths and myths behind the gloves and their performance can play a significant role in choosing the right glove.