Category Archives: Single Use Gloves 101

Articles dedicated to identifying and defining the basic information on single use, disposable gloves. Here you can be educated on what glove works best for your needs.

Medical or Industrial Grade?

Medical grade gloves…

  • are thoroughly tested to meet stringent FDA specifications for production and quality control standards.
  • are approved for use as a barrier to bodily fluids and chemical agents.
  • are also known as “examination” (exam) grade.
  • are not sterile or recommended for surgical use.
  • are ideal for doctors, dentists, labs and salons.

Industrial grade gloves…

  • Do not have an FDA 510K
  • are manufactured to lower standards according to ASTM International (American Society for Testing and Materials) requirements.
  • are accepted for use in general purpose applications or industrial settings where bodily fluids and chemical agents are not an issue.
  • are also known as “utility” grade.
  • are commonly used for food handling and automotive.

What is the Difference Between Latex Gloves and Nitrile Gloves

With the growing number of options available in the safety glove industry, it can be increasingly confusing as to which glove is good for what. We are consistently asked by both existing and potential customers about the differences between types of gloves and which ones are best. Though there are distinctive differences between latex exam gloves and nitrile exam gloves, other differences comes down to personal preference in fit and comfort.

Nitrile exam gloves are manufactured using nitrile rubber. Basically, nitrile is a synthetic rubber copolymer of acrylonitrile (ACN) and butadiene. Nitrile has been used in various industries that range from automotive and aeronautical to nuclear and of course the medical industry. Nitrile rubber has been shown to be more resistant to certain oils and acids than natural rubber but not as strong or flexible. It is a good option for those who experience allergies to latex options. Our soft nitrile material gloves are specially formulated to provide the comfort and flexibility of latex with the durability and chemical resistance experienced with nitrile gloves.

Protecting you, your staff and your patients is our passion here at SW Safety Solutions and we strive to make sure that all of our products exceed international standards. All of our latex, nitrile and specialty gloves go through rigorous quality assurance procedures in order to ensure exceptionally clean and easy to don gloves.