Nitrile gloves are more widely used recently. Therefore, users also need to pay attention to a number of factors to make the experience of using gloves effectively. Here are 5 things that everyone needs to know when using nitrile gloves. Let’s find out with S&S Glove.
Store Nitrile gloves in a right way
Nitrile gloves have a long shelf life. If they are stored following the rule of storage, they can be safe to use for up to 5 years. The right method of storing nitrile gloves includes:
– Do not leave nitrile gloves in a place exposed to UV light or ozone for long periods of time, including fluorescent lamps and some electrical devices that can generate ozone.
– Store your boxes of gloves in a cool place, the temperature should be lower than 30oC. Keep away from heat sources such as radiators or steam pipes.
– Do not tear the seal on the glove box unless you are ready to use them. After revealing the box, even if you do not use it, the gloves can be damaged and unusable.
How often should you change to a new pair of gloves?
In fact, there are still no studies showing the exact time to change nitrile gloves. The component and quality of gloves barely decrease over time. However, when the glove shows any signs of being torn or punctured, you need to change to a new one immediately.
In addition, when you are switching between tasks at work, such as in testing or handling chemicals, it is necessary to change gloves to ensure accuracy. Besides, in some other operations, to reduce the risk of cross-contamination and ensure safety, you should change your gloves at least every 2 hours.
Choose the suitable glove size
Choose a glove size that fits your hand to make it easier to put on and take off. In addition, a well-fitting glove will bring comfort to the wearer when working with gloves for a long time. It also ensures flexibility for hand manipulation. Remember that it is fit, not wider or tighter.
In some cases when the standard measurement does not help you choose the suitable glove, it should be preferred to consider the hand length. Gloves can be wider, but the length should be fit. If it is too long, the glove can get caught in the tool, machine, affect the operation and can even be dangerous. As for the width of the hand, to some extent, nitrile gloves have the ability to stretch and hug quite well. As long as the size is not too variant, it will not feel too uncomfortable.
Wash hands before and after wearing gloves
Wearing gloves does not completely replace the necessity of washing hands. Although gloves are considered a barrier of protection for our hands, keeping our hands clean and safe from pathogens or infections. Before wearing gloves, you should wash and dry your hands. After removing gloves, it is necessary to wash hands with hand sanitizer or soap.
Take notice for symptoms of skin irritation
Although the component of Nitrile gloves has a low rate of allergy. Nitrile Gloves are made of Nitrile Butadiene rubber and do not contain latex proteins – the main cause of many allergic reactions. However, in some cases overly sensitive skin can be an irritation when wearing gloves, it may be due to the rubber accelerators used to manufacture nitrile gloves. Only people with extremely sensitive skin experience irritation with these substances.
The rubber accelerators used in the process of producing nitrile gloves include thiurams, dithiocarbamates and mercaptobenzothiazole. These can be the main causes of redness or itching in the exposed skin. When these symptoms appear, you should stop using them, remove gloves and immediately wash your hands with soap and water. If the symptoms do not relieve, you should consult a dermatologist for treatment advice.