From: "Majewski, Donna - West Lafayette, IN" <Donna.Majewski**At_Symbol_Here**CHEMTURA.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Disposable Nitrile Gloves - Are they all the same?
Date: May 28, 2013 9:45:33 AM EDT
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I haven't looked at this in a while, however, at one time, the only disposable glove that had permeation testing for the actual glove was the NDex 7005 (light blue). The imported counterpart (Best 7500 - also light blue) utilize the permeation data from the 7005 however they have never actually been tested � they state the permeation data is based on "literature values" � I believe the same is true for the purple gloves � utilize "literature data." For that reason, for our research labs, we stuck with the slightly more costly Best NDex 7005 disposable light blue gloves that had permeation data for the actual gloves we were using.


I'm interested in learning if there are any other disposables available now that have actually been tested vs. referencing literature data.


Thanks for asking the question.

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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Don Abramowitz
Sent: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:07 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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