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T.A.S.C.O. Tip: There are many uses of disposable gloves in the workplace, including those worn by restaurant employees to prevent the spread of food-borne illnesses. They must be disposable as repeated use can easily cause illness. Other industries using disposable gloves, including vinyl disposable gloves, include materials handling, medical facilities, laboratories and the oil and gas industry.
One common type of disposable glove is disposable latex gloves. While latex gloves work is most situations, some people have strong, adverse reactions to them. Their skin might become itchy and they may develop a rash. For this reason and other reasons, alternative materials might be used.
Nitrile gloves are made of synthetic latex and contain no latex proteins. However, you should be aware that some people also develop allergic-like reactions to nitrile gloves. Another type of disposable glove is made of clear polyethylene, which is a type of plastic. These are likely the most economical of all disposable gloves and are great for product inspections and food handling. They are also approved by the FDA and can offer protection when completing skin-irritating tasks. However, polyethylene may be too thin for some applications and punctures easily.
Most disposable gloves are rated in terms of their protectiveness. Those with a medical grade have the highest protection. For example, nitrile gloves have better solvent resistance than other types of disposable workplace gloves.