Gloves are a necessity for your basic personal protective equipment (PPE). 

Disposable gloves include:

  • Vinyl gloves: 

     A popular choice among the cleaning industry. Vinyl gloves provide basic protection. They are available as 

    powder-free gloves and 

    lightly powdered gloves 

  • Nitrile gloves: 

    Made from synthetic rubber, nitrile gloves are an ideal alternative when latex allergies are a concern 

  • Latex gloves: 

    Made from natural rubber. Latex gloves have a higher puncture resistance and have greater dexterity and comfort compared to nitrile gloves 

  • Polyethylene gloves: 

    A clear low-density polyethylene glove used in child care and food preparation industries. 

Medical gloves are usually made of polymers such as latex, vinyl, and nitrile, although you may find disposable gloves made of other materials, such as neoprene. Below is a quick comparison of latex vs nitrile vs vinyl, including the differences in design and benefits.

Glove standards are managed as follows:

Protective gloves comply with different sets of standards defining general requirements and test methods for different types of gloves.

  • Articles intended to come in contact with food
  • EN388:2016 Protective gloves against mechanical risks
  • EN511:2006 Protective gloves against cold
  • EN374-1:2016 Protective gloves against dangerous chemicals and micro-organisms

The EN 388, similar to ANSI/ISEA 105, is the European standard used to evaluate mechanical risks for hand protection. Gloves with a EN 388 rating are third party tested, and rated for abrasion, cut, tear, and puncture resistance. Cut resistance is rated 1-5, while all other physical performance factors are rated 1-4


Latex Gloves

Made of Natural Rubber

Highest comfort, flexibility, fit and tactile sensitivity

Bacteria, viruses

Some people have a latex allergy so choose vinyl or nitrile instead.

Nitrile Gloves Made of Synthetic Material Stretchy, Durable Chemicals, viruses More costly than vinyl gloves and not reusable
Vinyl Gloves Made of Synthetic material Cost-efficient synthetic option, comfortable Chemicals Do not tolerate abrasion and tear easily. Not suitable for high-risk usage.

Non-Disposable gloves include:

  • Flock lined gloves 

    The cotton

     lining on the inside of flock lined gloves makes putting on and removing the gloves much easier. 

  • Silverlined gloves: 

    Made from a highly durable glove with a silver-lined liner for added protection against bacteria build-up. 

  • Work and garden gloves: 


    leather gloves and 

    PVC chemical resistant gloves 

  • Cut resistant gloves: 

    Gloves manufactured with a cut-resistant lining for added protection. 

    Cut 3 gloves and 

    Cut 5 gloves


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