From: Samuella B. Sigmann <sigmannsb**At_Symbol_Here**APPSTATE.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Latex and Nitrile Glove Allergies
Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2016 21:38:05 -0400
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I wondered when someone would chime in on the obvious. How can the question of which glove to replace nitrile be answered if we don't know what chemicals the person is working with? Thanks for pointing this out, Monona.

On this note, I had a student this week whose allergy to rubber bands was so bad, she could not smell them or be in the lab where they were being used. This was a new one for me. I am wondering how she goes into stores?


On 9/2/2016 1:42 PM, Monona Rossol wrote:
Hmmmm. I thought the manufacturer's recommend gloves be chosen to resist the particular solvents being used. So this is not just "find any glove that doesn't cause me to break out."

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From: Donald Abramowitz <dabramow**At_Symbol_Here**BRYNMAWR.EDU>
Sent: Fri, Sep 2, 2016 9:52 am
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Latex and Nitrile Glove Allergies

Best??s N-DEX Free 7705PFT is accelerant free.

Another possible alternative is a chloroprene disposable glove like the Microflex Neopro. Yet another thought would be to try a polyethylene liner glove under the nitrile. The cheap, flat gloves they use in food prep are typically HDPE and food contact grade. I don't think there are complicated formulas to polyethylene, but I can't prove that.


From: DCHAS-L Discussion List <dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**> on behalf of Casadonte, Dominick <DOMINICK.CASADONTE**At_Symbol_Here**TTU.EDU>
Sent: Friday, September 2, 2016 9:39 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Latex and Nitrile Glove Allergies
Who sells accelerant-free nitrile gloves??

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You hit the nail on the head. The sensitivity is not to the "polymer" but rather the "accelerants" or catalysts.
Lynn Knudtson

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From: Lucy Dillman <lucydillman**At_Symbol_Here**COMCAST.NET>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Latex and Nitrile Glove Allergies
Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2016 18:46:34 -0700

I'm weighing in on the glove issue. I have a sensitivity to latex gloves, so switched to nitrile. (All powder free, by the way). After some time, I felt like bees were stinging my hands when wearing nitrile gloves. I tried using cotton glove liners, but they are hot and awkward, at least for me, when performing fine motor tasks. After some study, I discovered accelerant free nitrile gloves. Apparently it is the accelerant they use in making the material that can be a sensitizer. My problem was solved.
Best wishes,
Lucy Dillman
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2016 1:05 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Latex and Nitrile Glove Allergies
Hi Zack,
No, we do not have powered gloves. They are the thin gloves that we use for general purpose use. We have specialty gloves for some specific applications, but the student will not be working with those types of materials for this particular lab.

On Thu, Sep 1, 2016 at 1:54 PM, Zack Mansdorf <mansdorfz**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
Are you using powdered gloves? Nitrile allergies are pretty rare. Are these thin gloves or thick gloves (thin I assume).
If the glove use is to keep the student clean or the work area clean, there are potential alternatives. If it is for chemical permeation resistance, you need to check permeation guides.
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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Bob Hill
Sent: Thursday, September 1, 2016 1:34 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Latex and Nitrile Glove Allergies
I have not heard of nitrile glove allergy but allergy to latex is not uncommon. It would be good to document the nitrile allergy if it has not been previously reported. Perhaps you could try vinyl gloves but I would do it cautiously since this person is allergic to nitrile (a polymer).

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>Sent: Sep 1, 2016 12:59 PM
>Subject: [DCHAS-L] Latex and Nitrile Glove Allergies
>From: Amanda MacPherson
>Re: Latex and Nitrile Glove Allergies
>We currently have a student going through our chemistry program that has an allergy to latex and nitrile gloves. Does anyone know of a suitable alternative they would recommend? I have found several alternatives, but I know virtually nothing about the gloves themselves.
>Thank you,
>Amanda MacPherson
>Amanda MacPherson
>Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator
>Physical Sciences Department
>York College of Pennsylvania
>441 Country Club Road
>York, PA 17403

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