Nitrile rubber is a copolymer, a material derived by bonding two different molecules – butadiene and acrylonitrile. This rubber has become a very popular choice in many industries as the standard material used in safety gloves. Glove suppliers recommend to use nitrile gloves for protection instead of latex or neoprene if the specific task requires the additional safety which nitrile can offer.
For some time now there has been a push to promote the benefits of sourcing the best glove for a particular task. Some businesses have relied on outdated information regarding the properties of various gloves and have at times purchased inadequate protection and also, at times, over spent on protection which is unnecessary for their particular industry.
A quick look at some of the benefits of nitrile gloves will be useful in determining if nitrile is the best form of protection for your business. Here are 5 properties nitrile gloves have which should be looked at before making a purchase:
Although nitrile is has many properties which make it a popular choice for many industries. It must be noted that there are factors which might make nitrile unsuitable for your business:
Nitrile gloves tend to be a more expensive than latex and neoprene. If you’re in an industry which has high usage, or task which require clean glove changes on a regular basis this may prove to be an unnecessary expense. Also, nitrile is biodegradable.
This is a positive factor for environmental issues but it does mean the rubber will perish quicker than others, and prolonged use in wet conditions will reduce the lifespan of the glove.