Exam Designation / Latex Gloves / Nitrile Gloves / Vinyl Gloves / Polyethylene Gloves
/ Glove Box Holders / Glove Removal / Glove Fitting

Exam Gloves

Exam grade gloves provide more barrier resistance to pathogens than non-exam grade gloves, to help minimize the possibility of contamination.

The FDA regulates manufacturing of exam/medical grade gloves and inspects facilities and samples shipments.

Latex Gloves

  • • Natural rubber.
  • • Provides the optimal barrier against biological contaminants.
  • • Best stretch and flexing ability for added comfort and sensitivity.
  • • Some users may experience serious allergic reactions.
  • • Typically white in color.

Nitrile Gloves

  • • Synthetic polymer.
  • • Excellence resistance to chemicals.
  • • Approximately 3 times the puncture resistance of latex or vinyl.
  • • Available in blue or black.
  • • Darker colors hide stains.

Vinyl Gloves

  • • Thin synthetic thermoplastic polymer.
  • Less expensive than latex and nitrile.
  • • Often used in non-medical applications.
  • • Typically semi-transparent.

Polyethylene Gloves

  • • Synthetic.
  • • Least expensive option.
  • Typically used in food service applications.
  • • Usually transparent.

Glove Box Holders

Box holders to keep gloves within reach.

Glove Removal

Proper glove disposal helps ensure that no pathogens from soiled gloves contact hands.

  1. 1. With both hands gloved, peel one glove off from top to bottom and hold in the gloved hand

  2. 2. With the exposed hand, peel the second glove from the inside, tucking the first glove inside the second

  3. 3. Dispose of the entire bundle promptly

  4. 4. Remove gloves when they become contaminated, damaged, or before leaving the work area

  5. 5. Wash hands thoroughly

Glove Fitting

Proper fitting of gloves is important

  • • Gloves that are too large may be uncomfortable, hard to use and can be hazardous.

  • • Gloves that are too small may be binding and cause hand fatigue.

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