What are vinyl gloves made of?
Vinyl gloves are created using polyvinyl chloride (PVC), then a plasticiser is added to the material which makes it flexible and ready to be used for protective gloves. If the plasticiser was not added, the mixture could be used to form materials such as PVC pipes. PVC is relatively inexpensive to make, which is why vinyl gloves are usually the cheaper option compared to nitrile and latex. Vinyl gloves are excellent for every day use, as they come with a relatively small price tag, to protect your hands and whatever you are handling from contamination.
Do vinyl gloves contain latex?
Vinyl gloves are latex free, which makes them a preferable choice for those suffering with latex and skin allergies.
What are vinyl gloves used for?
Vinyl gloves are mainly used in the food industry to ensure hygienic standards are adhered to. Their looser fit makes them great for those working in food retail, allowing people to remove gloves quickly and easily when dealing with customers. They also provide protection during general housekeeping use – changing bed linen, laundry.
Are vinyl gloves safe for blood?
It is not recommended that you wear vinyl gloves if you may find yourself coming in contact with blood. The material has been proven to be impermeable to blood borne pathogens, including viruses. However, because the vinyl film is weaker compared to latex and nitrile it does have a higher chance of tearing during use and does not provide a close fit to the hand. Therefore, it is not advisable to use vinyl gloves in situations where there is contact with blood and that a stronger glove that fits closely to the hand such as latex or nitrile is used.
What is the difference between latex and vinyl gloves?
Vinyl gloves are not as strong and durable as latex when it comes to puncture resistance and, therefore, should not be used for higher risk medical purposes or when dealing with hazardous substances. Vinyl provides a good barrier for low-risk procedures (body fluids / drainage bag, body hygiene / washing, laundry, general housekeeping, food preparation) and because they are latex free and chemical accelerator free, are a good alternative for those with type I and type IV skin allergies.
Are vinyl gloves acid and chemical resistant?
Vinyl gloves are waterproof and provide low chemical resistant, so can be used with detergents and low chemicals that have easily reversible effects. However, it is important you carefully check the specifications of the gloves you are purchasing, before using chemicals. It is recommended to use Nitrile gloves for chemical handling.
Are vinyl gloves recyclable?
Vinyl gloves are not usually recyclable but their packaging is. Seek to dispose of your vinyl gloves in a responsible way when working with them – in the general waste bin. Gloves that have come into contact with blood should be disposed of using local infection control guidelines.
Are vinyl gloves food safe?
Vinyl gloves have been certified for contact with food however, they are not suitable for long term handling of fatty foods.
What is the powder in vinyl gloves?
The powder used in vinyl gloves, to ensure they are easy to put on and remove, is cornstarch. This ensures hands can smoothly enter gloves but some people discover they suffer irritation caused by the friction of the powder in the glove and therefore powder free varieties are more commonly opted for.
How should I store vinyl gloves?
Vinyl gloves should be stored in a cool, dry place and refrain from breaking the seal on the packaging until you are ready to use the gloves inside.