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Clean Gloves


The material used to make gloves is almost a science unto itself. In order to withstand environments as well as rough and tough usage, these formulations are engineered to increase durability and provide superior barrier protection. But additional chemicals are also used in the manufacturing process to facilitate proper and faster curing.


The residue left during the manufacturing process presents a unique concern to the single use glove wearer, in terms of both the interior occlusive environment as well as the exterior surface, which comes in contact with the work surface.


When it comes in contact with the skin, this chemical residue can cause irritation, producing a negative effect on the skin. In fact, some glove wearers confuse residue irritation with an allergic reaction to the glove itself. This misdiagnosis falsely identifies the material as the culprit.[1] In the end, the person may be reluctant to even put a glove on at that point, which leads to larger safety issues and occupational hazards.


Placing your skin against a chemical irritant in an occlusive environment will accelerate the rate at which you hand becomes inflamed, which can lead to dermatitis. Starting with a clean surface is an ideal way to begin managing the occlusive environment.


The costs of workplace dermatitis is significant, quickly reaching thousands of dollars when direct and indirect costs regarding the employee are combined with loss of productivity. In light of these costs and the fact that dermatitis is an often lengthy, uncomfortable condition, prevention is the best way to combat it.


Surface residue affects the exterior of the glove as well. For applications that require a clean touch, the chemicals left on the glove could irreparably damage or contaminate sensitive equipment, further impacting a company’s bottom line.


Employing a post-production extraction technique that removes residue on both the interior and exterior of the glove can help to reduce skin irritation as well as lost productivity both from an employee and on the line itself.


1. Whee. Claim Low Dermatitis Potential, Which Is Regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Selected Synthetic Glove Materials and Brands(n.d.):