By Ryan Loose
From sandwich shops and pizzerias, to hospitals and auto shops, to ambulances and laboratories, disposable latex gloves are a vital public health and first aid supply for virtually any type of business. Latex gloves form a barrier that protects customers, patients, employees, and staff members from infection, communicable disease, and dangerous chemical interactions. Today, lets first look at the benefits of latex powdered gloves and powder free latex gloves. Then, we’ll check out what types of business’s use latex gloves and the reasons one type of latex glove is chosen over another.
Latex food service gloves provide a better, more snug fit compared to more flimsy disposable poly gloves. Although thicker, this snug fit allows for better overall tactile sensitivity which makes latex food service gloves ideal for any task in the kitchen, in particular slicing meats, cutting and chopping produce, etc... Disposable latex food service gloves should be used consistently as materials flow through the kitchen, to prevent the spread of bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause a variety of foodborne illnesses, through cross contamination.
Latex exam gloves are the most popular disposable gloves used in the medical field due to their high tactile sensitivity and great rip and tear resistance. Latex exam gloves provide exceptional protection against infection and contamination where contact with blood and bodily fluids is unavoidable. For the general public, you’ll often find a pack of latex exam gloves as a component in first aid kits, such as our popular 25 person first aid kit, for this reason.
High risk latex gloves are thicker than traditional latex exam gloves. Although they provide less tactile sensitivity, high risk latex gloves are often textured to provide a good grip in wet or dry environments. The added thickness of high risk latex gloves gives users superior protection against chemicals and other hazardous materials, which makes high risk latex gloves perfect for use in laboratory / testing agencies, automotive shops, chemical and drug manufacturing plants, and other industrial locations.