Chloroprene Gloves vs. Nitrile Gloves

Differences between
chloroprene and nitrile.

Disposable gloves are essential for handling tasks which could cause exposure to harm. For instance, if you are involved in work that could cause contact with harmful chemicals, dangerous particles and contaminated fluids, you will need reliable gloves. Read more about what chloroprene gloves are and how they compare to nitrile gloves.

There are different types of gloves which you can use for the protective needs in your commercial, industrial and medical operations. The most ideal option are chloroprene gloves. These gloves will provide adequate protection while maintaining personal comfort.

Understanding Chloroprene

DuraSkin Chloroprene Gloves

Chloroprene is an ideal material for glove production because it combines the beneficial properties of both latex and nitrile. This material is similar in structure to natural rubber on a molecular level, but it is a synthetic material which is also commonly known as neoprene.

Chloroprene has exceptional resistance to harmful conditions such as chemicals and puncturing just like the durable and resilient nitrile. The gloves will also display good flame resistance and work well in a wide range of temperature.

On the other hand, this material is similar to latex because the gloves will fit firmly against the skin, guaranteeing more comfort. If you are concerned about allergies, you should plan on using chloroprene gloves.

Latex allergy is not uncommon, but it can cause a lot of inconvenience in the workplace. Fortunately, chloroprene does not contain elements which induce adverse reactions. Therefore, these gloves are ideal for workers with physiological sensitivities.

Advantages of Choosing Chloroprene Gloves

There are numerous benefits which can only be realized through the use of chloroprene disposable gloves.

Here are the primary advantages that you will get by making the switch.

Strong and Durable

Optimal protection is essential for most applications that require gloves. In simple terms, if the gloves are not strong enough to withstand the stresses of your workplace, they will expose the workers to unfavorable materials.

Chloroprene is an ideal choice because it offers exceptional strength for protection. The gloves made from this material have good tensile strength which makes them resistant to breaking under significant pressure.

Tensile strength defines the ability of a material or product to withstand tension forces without breakage. Chloroprene has good tensile strength and will handle tension pressure will. It is also important to note that the material displays exceptional elongation performance.

The chloroprene can stretch considerably without damage. In addition, these disposable gloves provide great protection against punctures from sharp tools in the workplace.

Protective Barrier

Chloroprene gloves form a reliable barrier from adverse conditions when handling harmful chemicals and other materials. The layer of synthetic rubber creates a barrier which cannot be easily compromised, resulting in harm to the workers.

These gloves are suitable for handling chemicals such as detergents, alcohol, acids and other toxic materials. Also, they will provide protection for people who come in contact with bodily fluids.

Comfortable Fit

Comfort is essential for people required to don protective gear during their work hours. In general, if the gloves are comfortable, employees will be more resistant to using them for prolonged periods. As a result, the workers could be exposed to harmful materials due to poor protective practices.

In addition, the users will tend to change their gloves more frequently than necessary to discomfort. This practice could cause the use of more money on protective gloves.

Chloroprene disposable gloves are ideal for prolonged use because they are comfortable and fitting. Unlike nitrile gloves or other similar materials, chloroprene is more elastic and softer. Therefore, the gloves will ensure that the fit is snug and comfortable.

When these products are worn for prolonged periods, these gloves will not compromise the dexterity of the hands. In addition, these gloves can alleviate fatigue and promote productivity.

Comparing Chloroprene to Nitrile

SynGuard Nitrile Medical Gloves

Disposable nitrile gloves are quite advantageous for use in diverse work applications. Their primary advantage is in their strength and level of protection. In simple terms, the barrier created by the nitrile is quite resistant to puncturing and mechanical strength.

In addition, nitrile works well with diverse chemicals which are commonly encountered in workplaces, including oils, acids and chemicals. Like chloroprene, this material is also free of latex which induces allergic reactions.

However, chloroprene gloves provide better overall performance in comparison to nitrile. These gloves provide protection against a wider range of threats, including resistance to extreme temperature and toxic and hazardous chemicals.

Also, chloroprene is a more comfortable material for practical everyday use. In most cases, nitrile gloves will need to warm up after donning before they can conform ideally to the shape of the user’s hands for a comfortable fit

Disposable Gloves 101

Disposable Gloves 101

The Gist on Disposable Gloves

Disposable gloves keep your hands and environment safe from contaminants, chemicals, and other dangers. Disposable gloves are used for hand protection in medical, forensic, scientific, automotive, food service, cleaning, and industrial applications. Single-use gloves come in a variety of materials and are used in industries worldwide.

Uses for Disposable Gloves

Medical Gloves

Disposable gloves are used in medical examinations and procedures to create a safety barrier that helps to prevent cross-contamination. This keeps medical personnel /caregivers and patients safe. Un-powdered gloves (which are covered below) are used more often during surgery to prevent contaminates. Medical and examination gloves are usually of higher quality materials and thickness to prevent tearing and punctures during procedures.

Food Gloves

If you’re handling or preparing food, disposable food gloves are a necessity. Food gloves ensure your food and employees stay clean and sanitary and provide a barrier against germs. Single-use food gloves are conveniently disposable so you can just throw them away after use. Latex-alternative disposable gloves (such as nitrile or vinyl) or often used in food handling due to possible latex allergies.  The most popular food handling glove is made from Polyethylene. These low cost gloves are perfect when you need to change gloves often and need light protection.

General Purpose Disposable Gloves

General Purpose Disposable Gloves are just that. Used in many industries and shops to keep hands clean and protect against chemicals and more. General purpose disposable gloves are available in latex, nitrile, chloroprene, and vinyl. Each material has unique features (covered below). Use general purpose disposable gloves for light duty cleaning, painting, maintenance work and more.

Disposable Glove Materials

Latex Gloves

Durable latex gloves are great for a variety of uses across medical and industrial applications. Latex gloves come in a variety of sizes, with powdered and powder-free options. Powder helps with easy donning of the gloves.

Latex gloves are more elastic than nitrile and more puncture resistance than vinyl. Latex gloves naturally offer excellent chemical resistance.  Using latex gloves is not recommended if you have a latex allergy.

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile is a synthetic version of latex. Nitrile disposable gloves have higher puncture and chemical resistance than other materials. Nitrile offers great protection against punctures, cuts, and snags. Nitrile gloves are often used in medical applications and procedures for these reasons.

Vinyl Gloves

Vinyl disposable gloves are a good alternative for those allergic to latex gloves or dislike other types of gloves. Great for single-use applications.  Exam Grade Vinyl Gloves are ideal for protection in a wide range of medical applications. Food Service Vinyl Gloves are often used in catering, food handling, and food prep. Vinyl gloves are available with or without powder for easier donning.

Polyethylene Gloves

The lowest cost and least protective type of disposable gloves are polyethylene gloves. These are ideal however for food handling, catering, and other food industry related applications. Polyethylene single use gloves keep your hands clean and offer basic contamination protection.

Do You Need Sterile Disposable Gloves?

Medical and Exam Disposable Gloves are available in sterile options. Sterile gloves are also used in cleanrooms and controlled environments. If you are doing work where any possible type of contamination is a worry, opt for sterile gloves. Sterile gloves are sterilized and come in sealed packaging to maintain freshness and sterility.

Powdered Disposable Gloves

Disposable gloves are made of different polymers including latex, nitrile, and vinyl. They come un-powdered, or powdered to lubricate the gloves, making them easier to put on the hands. Again, if contaminates are a concern, opt for powder-free disposable gloves. However, for other applications, powder makes the gloves much easier to wear and change out.

If you have any questions or can’t quite decide what type of glove you, please give us a call and we’ll be glad to assist you in your selection!

Choosing the Right Disposable Gloves

Employers are required by law to provide their employees with acceptable personal protective equipment (PPE). This is to ensure the employees’ safety and minimize potential risk.

PPEs should be utilized in conjunction with a controlled work environment to complement each other and act as the final barrier between a hazardous chemical and an employee.

Gloves are a major part of personal protective equipment, but the sheer number of options can be daunting.

Below, we will break down the specifications of each glove type.

 

1. Latex Gloves 2810W-glove

Many consider Latex Gloves to the be industry standard. It provides the highest level of touch sensitivity and dexterity allowing an extreme level of precision. Latex provides an optimal barrier against infectious material and biological contaminants.

  • Natural Material made from rubber
  • Comfortable, tight fit providing a normal level of touch sensitivity
  • Wearable for an extended period of time
  • Cost-effective
  • Strong, elastic, and puncture resistant

 

 

 

2. Vinyl Gloves 2910w-gloves

An ideal choice for those seeking latex-like attributes, but are allergic to latex itself. Vinyl gloves are designed with a loose fit making it more comfortable than latex. While still being extremely comfortable for long term use, vinyl gloves are designed more for short-term activities.

  • Less-expensive than latex gloves
  • Slightly loose fit, suitable for short-term tasks
  • Easy to put on
  • Medium-duty glove
  • Effective temporary barrier against biological contaminants

 

 

 

3. Nitrile Gloves duraskin-nitrile---2010w-glove

A latex-free glove that provides superior strength and protection. It’s level of dexterity and touch sensitivity is slightly below latex. Nitrile gloves are excellent for highly demanding jobs due to its resistance to puncturing.

  • Highest quality latex replacement
  • Synthetic material, allergy-free
  • Naturally resistant to oil
  • Puncture-resistant, highly durable
  • Medical, food, and industrial applications

 

 

 

4. Polyethylene Gloves lbfh-pe-gloves

A low-cost, temporary barrier between hands and a material. Often used in the food service industry due to its cost-effectiveness. They are easily put on and taken off thus are perfect for temporary and short-term uses.

  • Loose design
  • Ideal for food prep
  • Light-duty glove
  • Most economic option

 

 

 

5. Chloroprene Gloves 2011W-gloves

Offering the fit and feel of latex, they are still a 100% synthetic formulation (latex-free). They are more puncture resistant than latex while providing superior protection against corrosive chemicals. It offers an incredible grip in both wet and dry environments.

  • More elastic than vinyl
  • More puncture resistance than both vinyl and latex
  • Suitable for medical, industrial, and laboratory applications

 

 

 

 

 

The type of glove used depends on what level of protection is needed. Generally, thicker gloves provide greater chemical resistance even though thin gloves can be made to be as strong as their bulkier counterparts.

Gloves can be purchased in either powder or powder-free options. The power is usually USP cornstarch and acts as a lubricant in the donning process. This powder, through its reaction with latex, can cause latex allergies. This is where powder-free latex gloves and latex-free gloves come into use.

 

Medical gloves, otherwise known as examination grade gloves, are designed around the quality requirement of the FDA. Originally intended for hospital settings, they have seen use in other fields where a higher degree of protection is required.

The food service industry uses gloves designed for short-term use, such as the polyethylene material. Gloves are an essential piece in minimizing cross-contamination.

Industrial gloves are not regulated by any US government agency, however, the American Society for Testing and Materials does set standards which our gloves conform to.

 

Gloves in general typically last 3 years from the date of manufacture, if stored properly. Disposable gloves should be stored in their original packaging, away from extreme temperatures, and excessive dust, sunlight, and moisture.

 

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