What are Nitrile Gloves?
Nitrile gloves? What are nitrile gloves? If you’d been asked before the Covid-19 pandemic began, your only response probably would’ve been a confused. So let’s break down a couple very basic questions: A) What are nitrile gloves? and B) What are nitrile gloves used for?
What are nitrile gloves made of?
Nitrile rubber is a synthetic rubber copolymer of acrylonitrile and butadiene. It’s sometimes called NBR, Buna-N, or acrylonitrile butadiene rubber, if we’re being formal. Most importantly, nitrile is non-latex, which means they’re less likely to cause an allergic reaction than latex gloves. It’s more resistant to oils and gases, as well as more puncture-resistant. Beyond non-latex gloves, nitrile is used in a variety of products like transmission belts, gaskets, oil seals, and cable jacketing.
What are nitrile gloves used for?
Nitrile gloves have a wide array of uses. Non-latex gloves have not yet replaced latex gloves for surgical procedures due to latex’s superior sensitivity to touch, but blue nitrile gloves are fast becoming something of an industry standard for many medical purposes. Black nitrile gloves are used for many trade jobs such as mechanics and technicians, as well as by hair stylists and tattoo artists, or jobs such as postal worker or law enforcement where detecting powders might be of great importance.