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  • What are Natural Latex gloves?

    Natural Latex gloves is a product made primarily from Natural Rubber latex obtained from the rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis. Natural latex gloves exhibit excellent softness, high tensile strength and very good barrier performance to viruses and blood borne pathogens. However, natural latex gloves have poor oil, fat and hydrocarbon resistance compared to some synthetic alternatives. For certain applications natural latex gloves may not be suitable. In applications were oil, fat and hydrocarbon exposure may occur over an extended period of time, an alternative glove type may be a better choice.

    What are Nitrile gloves?

    Nitrile gloves are a type of glove made of synthetic rubber. They contain no latex proteins and offer excellent resistance to wear and tears. Nitrile gloves are more puncture resistant than many other types of rubber gloves and can be used to offer superior resistance to many types of chemicals. They are resistant to many oils and some acids, making nitrile gloves a good choice for many manufacturing environments.

    What is the shelf life of GB’s household and industrial gloves?

    Generally natural latex gloves have an approximate two to three years shelf life, while gloves made of nitrile or neoprene have a nominal five years shelf life. The shelf life depends on how these gloves are stored and as long as the packaging containing the gloves are in original condition.

    Shelf life is also reduced when gloves are exposed to ozone or ultraviolet light for extended periods or stored in areas with temperatures above 33 degrees Celcius. In general, when gloves look normal, can be stretched without surface cracks and can be pulled into the hand without breaking or tearing, they will probably provide the level of protection they were designed to provide.

    How should gloves be stored?

    The gloves should be stored in a cool, dark environment where they are shielded from ozone and UV light. This is especially important for natural rubber gloves, which are extremely susceptible to degradation from UV light, including the weak UV from fluorescent lamps, abd ozone may be generated by motors or other electrical equipment. Gloves should always be stored away from steam pipes, radiators and other heat sources.

    How do I select the most appropriate gloves for my application?

    There are 4 main factors to consider when selecting for the gloves for your application:

    • The type of hazard (chemical, etc)
    • The application
    • The user (size , state of health, etc.)
    • The workplace (temperature, wet or dry, etc)

    You may refer to the safety officers in your office or contact us and we would be glad to assist you in deciding the correct gloves for your application.

    What is latex allergy?

    Some people develop allergic reactions after repeated contact with latex, especially latex gloves. Latex reactions can vary from minor to life-threatening, or they may progress from a les serious reaction to a more serious one.

    The symptoms of latex reactions include:

    • Skin reactions such as contact dermatitis, hives, or generalized itching.
    • Respiratory reactions such as sneeze, cough or have a runny nose. Person who is having severe respiratory reaction may develop shortness of breath or severe wheezing.