Materials: Nitrile

Overview

Regarded as the highest quality replacement for latex, nitrile continues to grow in popularity. Nitrile provides outstanding resistance against many commonly used chemicals, and is more resistant to puncturing than its latex and vinyl counterparts.

Grades

Nitrile gloves are available in exam grade, foodservice grade, and industrial grade, both sterile and non-sterile.

Quality Standards

ASTM D6319 is the standard for quality of examination grade nitrile gloves. As with latex and vinyl, exam grade nitrile gloves are also regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (21 CFR 800.20).

When in direct contact with food, glove components must comply with the provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).

Applications

Nitrile gloves are best used for applications requiring strong chemical resistance, such as automotive repair. Resistant to puncture, nitrile gloves are also effective to protect hands against sharp objects, such as for use by law enforcement officers in searching suspects.

Colors

Blue remains the most popular color for nitrile gloves, although other colors, such as black and purple, have also been introduced in recent years. Because nitrile gloves are typically used for chemical protection, they tend to be darker in color to hide stains created by the chemicals.

Composition

Nitrile gloves are made from 100% synthetic polymer, consisting of acrylonitrile, butadiene and a carboxylic acid.

Country of Origin

Nitrile gloves are produced in a number of Asian countries, including Malaysia, China and Thailand.