Cleanroom gloves: Are you using the right ones?

19/03/2018 @ 11:30:00

Choosing an appropriate glove for your cleanroom or laboratory is as much about protecting operating staff as it is safeguarding the work you carry out. That’s why our team at Integrity® Cleanroom are on hand to take your call about any questions you have regarding this most fundamental part of any cleanroom operation. Click here to fill in your details and we will call you back.

It goes without saying that the chemicals used, allergies, glove change frequency and type of work carried out need to be factored in, but are you maximising your efficiency by using the right glove? Let’s firstly look at the types of glove suitable for these critical environments:

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile Rubber is more resistant than natural rubber to chemicals, oils and acids, and it also has a superior strength.  Nitrile gloves are versatile, have very good dexterity properties, and also have a micro-roughened finish on the surface of the glove which gives a non-slip grip, regardless of whether gloves are wet or dry.  Nitrile glove benefits are used across a broad spectrum of industries, although they are commonly referred to as "Medical Gloves”. 

Suitable for a range of situations which include:

  • Providing an alternative solution where latex allergies are a consideration
  • Protecting people from blood-borne pathogens or other environmental contaminants
  • Medical and dental professionals
  • Operators in laboratory settings
  • When working with fresh adhesives or ink. E.g. tattoo artists and therapists in spas / salons

Integrity® Nitrile Examination gloves
Buy online: £7.44 | Size: XS-XL | Non-Sterile | 2.2Mil Powder-free | Request a sample | ISO 6

KIMTECH Pure G3 NXT
Buy online: £14.90 | Size: S-XL | Sterile and Non-Sterile | Request a sample | ISO 5

 

Latex Gloves

Latex boasts a more comfortable and "natural” feel of a second skin with a higher chemical resistance than synthetic alternatives. Being a natural material, the biodegradable and environmental qualities are also much more sustainable compared to synthetic derivatives.

Their use covers a wide range of applications, including examination, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, especially within the medical industry. However, with their high tensile strength and puncture resistance properties they can also be used in sterile manufacturing environments.

Latex gloves are suitable for a range of tasks which include:

  • Medical, dental and veterinary settings
  • Child care and senior care
  • Food processing and catering
  • Hairdressing and cosmetic procedures
  • Janitorial and sanitation
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Crime solving and forensics

KIMTECH Pure G3 Sterile Latex
Buy online: £29.50
| Size: 6-9 | Sterile | Request a sample | ISO5

Profeel Latex Surgical Gloves
Buy online: £7.95 | Size: 6-9 | Sterile | Request a sample | ISO5

 

Vinyl Gloves

Vinyl cleanroom gloves are a cost-effective alternative to natural and nitrile materials. Being latex and powder free, wearing vinyl gloves reduces the risk of allergies. Our Integrity® 12 inch, ambidextrous vinyl glove also features a high level of static resistance, essential when handling static sensitive equipment within ESD protected areas.

Benefits of vinyl gloves include:

  • Latex free
  • A looser fit, so are easy to don
  • An economic option
  • Suitable for short-term, low-risk use
  • Have anti static properties
  • Are suitable for use with non-hazardous materials

Integrity® Cleanroom 12 inch Vinyl Gloves
Buy online £6.90 | S – XL | Antistatic | Powder free

 

Heat resistant Cleanroom gloves

Operating industrial heating equipment, working in proximity to high temperature equipment or working with hot components requires the correct hand protection to ensure user safety, as well as to maintain critical standards.

Some of the benefits of heat resistant gloves are:

  • Liquid-proof design, ideal for wave solder operations
  • Designed for a wide range of temperatures, in both wet and dry environments
  • The material resists solvents, fluxes, abrasions and cuts
  • Non-shedding
  • Cleanroom packed in ESD-safe packaging for immediate use

Cleanroom ESD Heat Resistant Gloves
Buy online £89.95 | 150°C

Cleanroom ESD Heat Resistant Gloves
Buy online £149.00 | 300°C

 

Nylon Glove Liners

Nylon glove liners reduce perspiration and limit the skin irritation which can be caused by frequent gloving, especially with gloves manufactured from materials such as latex and PVC. This is of great benefit to all operators, but essential for those with naturally sensitive skin. Liners are of a seamless construction to increase comfort, are reusable and are ambidextrous. Our own glove liners are ideal for use in controlled environments, laboratories and manufacturing environments.

Integrity Cleanroom Nylon Full Finger Glove Liner
Buy online: £9.95 | One Size | Ambidextrous | Reusable | ISO5

Integrity Cleanroom Nylon Half Finger Glove Liner
Buy online: £9.95 | One Size | Ambidextrous | Reusable | ISO5

 

Glove packing in cleanroom environments

Depending on the Classification of the cleanroom, it can be important to consider glove packaging when deciding which gloves to use within the cleanroom environment; this is an area which can often be overlooked.  Conventional cardboard packaging may be appropriate in a general medical or dental setting but is not permitted in cleanrooms. Within a cleanroom setting, particulate control is as important as sterility and – as cardboard releases particles – it is best left out of the cleanroom.

If gloves are to be taken into a Cleanroom environment and they are packaged in cardboard dispensers these should be decanted - in a suitable prep area - and placed into cleanroom polybags then taken into the cleanroom and placed into the glove dispenser. In addition:

  • Disposable cleanroom gloves should be packed in cleanroom polybags, which are manufactured in a clean environment, and can be cleaned before entering the cleanroom.
  • Sterile cleanroom gloves should be packed in individual pairs in non-particulating materials such as a polyethylene wrapper within a cleanroom outer pouch. This packaging is also manufactured in a cleanroom for ultimate guarantees of cleanliness.

If you would like to take advantage of our free glove clinic to learn more and to find out if your glove solutions are appropriate, contact our team today.


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