Protection Quality of Nitrile Gloves
Nitrile exam gloves are known for providing maximum protection with the ability to provide chemical protection. Compared to synthetic vinyl material, nitrile gloves are less likely to tear with a higher resistance of being punctured; however, this does not mean that nitrile gloves are impervious. You try hard enough, you can tear any exam glove whether it’s made out of latex or nitrile. But when used properly, you will find nitrile exam gloves to be very durable.
The protection level of nitrile gloves depend on the technology used in manufacturing the glove. This includes the formulation of the nitrile material. In general, the thicker the glove is, the more protection the exam glove will provide the user. Thickness is measured in mils and the most popular nitrile gloves range from three to five mils in thickness. This is why not all nitrile exam gloves provide the same level of protection. In addition, even though several nitrile glove brands may have the same thickness, the formulation used may differ. The major nitrile glove manufacturers will test the permeability of hard chemicals with nitrile exam gloves including popular chemotherapy drugs. For this reason, the data of how effective a particular nitrile glove will protect the hands will differ from company to company. If you are planning on handling chemotherapy chemicals, be sure to check with the manufacturer whether the particular nitrile glove in question is recommend for such use. All manufacturers are required to conduct tests and have test data available for any chemo-protection claims made with their exam gloves.