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PPE

PPE FAQ

PPE stands for personal protective equipment. PPE means any device or appliance designed to be worn or held by an individual for protection against one or more health and safety hazards. This applies to most safety products intended for use in leisure and sports activities, as well as for professional use.

Why is it essential to wear PPE in the workplace? Many industries — especially in manufacturing and construction — are rife with health and safety hazards, and being careful will not always protect you. Some dangers are difficult to foresee, especially for workers at the end of long shifts and the end of long weeks.

PPE must be stored according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This is extremely important as leaving PPE lying around increases the risk of parts deteriorating by exposure to dirt, oil, UV rays, sunlight etc.

In general, manufacturers do give information on how to identify the “end of life”, a limiting date of use or a maximum service time.

LATEX GLOVE

These gloves made from premium quality natural rubber latex. They provide excellent comfort and high tensile strength. Besides, latex examination gloves have also been commonly practiced in the market for decades.

The most popular glove material, latex is a biodegradable material made of material originating from the latex ducts of rubber trees and despite the development of synthetic materials, is still the most elastic, resilient and form fitting material for gloves.

Yes, latex is an allergen and can cause allergic reactions such as contact dermatitis. Latex allergies can also develop with the use of latex gloves.

Cleaning, protection from infection, and good for handling inorganic chemicals.

Powdered gloves generally include a type of corn starch, which is designed to improve grip, fast donning and can be used to reduce sweat. They are popular within the healthcare industries due to their simple fast and efficient use. However non-powdered gloves are friendlier to skin, far stronger and a lot more versatile. Non-powdered gloves are better suited to the food and mechanics industries.

The Acceptable Quality Level (AQL) is an internationally recognised quality standard designed to assess the statistical quality control of products such as medical protective gloves. The lower the number the lower chance there is for defects. So AQL 1.5 means that there is a 1.5% chance of a defect in the batch of gloves.

Latex glove
Nitrile glove

NITRILE GLOVES

Nitrile examination gloves provide better tear and puncture resistance compare to others. For some reason, nitrile examination gloves are highly recommended for some users who have sensitivity level on certain substances such as protein or latex.

Nitrile gloves are made from nitrile butadiene rubber, another synthetic material, making them an alternative for people with latex allergies and has a longer shelf life than latex gloves. Nitrile is three times more resistant to punctures than latex, however, once the glove is punctured it will tear completely.

Food hygiene preparation, protection against soiling and splash protection against some mild chemicals.

Chemical accelerators are used in glove manufacturing to hasten the linkage of molecules in natural rubber latex or in synthetic rubber latex like nitrile and vinyl. You can be allergic to the accelerators in Nitrile with reactions ranging from dry itchy irritated areas on the skin to a severe allergic reaction similar to what some people have to bee stings.

The Acceptable Quality Level (AQL) is an internationally recognised quality standard designed to assess the statistical quality control of products such as medical protective gloves. The lower the number the lower chance there is for defects. So AQL 1.5 means that there is a 1.5% chance of a defect in the batch of gloves.

VINYL GLOVES

Vinyl gloves offer high quality barrier protection for light duty tasks or food handling at an economical price. It does not contain latex nor protein substances and also odour free. Besides, Vinyl examination gloves have always been the price leader in examination gloves.

Vinyl is a synthetic, non-bio-degradable, protein-free material made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and plasticizers. Since vinyl gloves are synthetic and non-biodegradable, they have a longer shelf life than latex gloves, which often start to break down over time.

Allergic reactions to vinyl gloves are almost non-existent. Most of the time if there is a reaction it is contact urticaria, which is a simple skin irritation caused by perspiration and lack of ventilation inside the glove.

The main uses for Vinyl gloves are food hygiene, protection against soiling and low hazard chemicals.

Powdered gloves generally include a type of corn starch, which is designed to improve grip, fast donning and can be used to reduce sweat. They are popular within the healthcare industries due to their simple fast and efficient use. However non-powdered gloves are friendlier to skin, far stronger and a lot more versatile. Non-powdered gloves are better suited to the food and mechanics industries.

The Acceptable Quality Level (AQL) is an internationally recognised quality standard designed to assess the statistical quality control of products such as medical protective gloves. The lower the number the lower chance there is for defects. So AQL 1.5 means that there is a 1.5% chance of a defect in the batch of gloves.

Vinyl glove