From: Lucy Dillman <lucydillman**At_Symbol_Here**COMCAST.NET>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Disposable Nitrile Gloves - Are they all the same?
Date: May 25, 2013 12:30:26 AM EDT
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I prefer accelerant free nitrile gloves to prevent sensitization (wearing regular nitrile gloves makes me feel like my hands are being stung by a thousand bees).  I use the gloves more to protect my samples from me than me from the samples.  I recently became aware that one should check for documentation about resistance to chemotherapy agents.  The manufacturer of the gloves I use states on the box that the gloves have been tested for resistance to chemotherapy agents and as I recall there is a link to get more information.
Lucy Dillman
----- Original Message -----
From: Don Abramowitz
Sent: Friday, May 24, 2013 1:07 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Disposable Nitrile Gloves - Are they all the same?

So, we're looking to consolidate our glove purchasing to see if we can get better deals by buying in bulk.  Over the years, we've successfully gotten all of our scientists to use 4 mil disposable nitrile gloves (as opposed to latex or vinyl) as our "default" disposable choice.   Since all of the labs buy their own supplies, we have folks with definite preferences for purple, bright green, blue etc, but I have yet to find any actual data that would suggest that one brand is superior to another in terms of chemical resistance, mechanical integrity, puncture resistance, combustibility, etc..   One frequently sees caveats about differences in manufacturers' formulations making it impossible to apply information about one brand to another, but has anyone come across actual evaluations that show one to be superior to another?

I'd like to have a basis for choosing other than "favorite color," but I'm coming up short.   Any suggestions?


Donald Abramowitz
Environmental Health & Safety Officer
Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA

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