For many years latex had been the chosen material for hand gloves used for medical and surgical procedures as well as for various industrial use. Also known as examination gloves that are disposable type, these gloves protect the hand, especially during surgery and other medical examination. With the rise in HIV across the world, the demand for hand gloves increased exponentially as these became necessary for daily applications. Latex gloves proved quite costly, and there came a time when nitrile gloves proved to be more affordable and as effective as latex gloves and soon became the primary choice. While latex is pure rubber, nitrile is a synthetically derived product from latex that goes by the name NBR or acrylonitrile butadiene rubber. It has high chemical resistant property, highly durable, and does not tear easily.
These gloves are superior to other gloves in many respects.
High chemical resistance
Nitrile rubber has superior chemical resistance property as well as resistant to oils, acids than other rubber gloves and even much stronger. Specific types of gloves made from nitrile can be three times more puncture resistant than latex gloves and far more chemically resistant than vinyl and latex. While latex and vinyl gloves are good for people who work with 39 percent chemicals, those working with 67 percent of chemicals would find nitrile as the best material to withstand chemical exposure.
Nitrile has become the staple choice for substituting latex because some people who are allergic to latex find nitrile more compatible as it does not cause allergies. In other words, nitrile is hypoallergenic, which puts it much ahead of latex. Many of these gloves used for medical examination are approved by FDA and provides excellent durability, strength and creates carrier protection against environmental contaminants and bloodborne pathogens. Some gloves have a micro-roughened finish on the surface for ensuring a non-slip grip during dry or wet conditions.
Snug and comfortable fit
When wearing gloves, nitrile responds to body heat and becomes slightly warm that allows the gloves to fit snugly on the hand by acquiring the exact shape of the hand. When meant for industrial use, these gloves are 50% thicker than other gloves that ensure that these last much longer. Nitrile has more elasticity than other grades of rubber, including latex, which makes these gloves suitable for various industrial applications in manufacturing, automotive, janitorial and sanitation services and chemical industries.
Easy to slip-on and slip off
It is very easy to wear these gloves and take it off because nitrile has a low coefficient of friction. However, some special techniques used during the process of manufacturing enhance the smoothness to ensure a seamless experience when changing gloves. Applying powder on the gloves during manufacturing makes wearing it easier by absorbing the moisture on the surface. Chlorination reduces the tackiness of the material and softens it while a polymer coating applied on the gloves makes it easier to slip on to the hands with a smoother finish.
A wide range of these gloves is available in various colors and finishes.