What is the difference between household glove and industrial nitrile glove?

Household gloves are made from natural rubber, normally use for cleaning and janitorial purposes, food and meat processing and general household use.Industrial nitrile glove is made from synthetic rubber copolymer of acrylonitrile (ACN) and butadiene, usually used for protection against solvents, oil, fats and bleaching chemical agents.

How can I find suitable glove if I use certain type of solvents?

Rubberex’s Chemical Resistance Guide contains the performance of various styles of protective gloves, which have been tested with 100 commonly used chemicals. It is downloadable at individual protective glove webpage.

What is CE marking?

The CE marking (also known as CE mark) is a mandatory conformance mark on many products placed on the single market in the European Economic Area (EEA). RUBBEREX are CE certified which qualified us to display the appropriate CE markings on our gloves and packaging. The CE markings guarantee that RUBBEREX gloves meet the EU consumer safety, labour safety, health and environmental requirements.

What if I have skin allergies to glove?

If you suspect that you are experiencing some reactions when using natural rubber latex gloves, stop using the gloves and contact your doctor.

What are the common symptoms?

  • Red itchy eyes
  • Sudden and continuous sneezing and a runny nose
  • Sudden coughing especially combined with itchy eyes
  • A rash or hives
  • Tightness on the chest and shortness of breath.
  • A sudden (itchy) rash on the hands
  • Cracks in the skin on the hands
  • Raised areas of red skin on the hands

Having these symptoms do not necessary determine that you have an allergy to rubber gloves as the symptoms are also common to other medical conditions. Confirm with your doctor.

How long is the shelf life of Rubberex natural rubber gloves?

Rubberex gloves have a shelf life of three years if kept in its original unopened carton unexposed to UV light and stored in a cool and dry storage away from ozone emitting equipment.

How does one maximize the efficient lifespan of natural rubber gloves?

The lifespan of the gloves may vary for different applications and also affected by the duration of use. Whatever the limiting conditions, a good housekeeping practice of giving the gloves a good rinse with clean water/detergent after use and allowing them to dry in a cool and dry place. Never dry the gloves directly above heating radiators.

Are there any allergy connected with the usage of gloves?

  1. A very small percentage of the population does have an allergy to the natural latex proteins inherent with natural rubber. Thus any products having some natural rubber content could cause one with such an allergy to have an adverse reaction to them. Some common symptoms of such reactions are skin irritations or itchiness. Anybody experiencing such symptoms should consult their doctors as soon as possible. Persons who are known to be allergic to natural rubber products are recommended to avoid using natural rubber gloves and switch instead to gloves made of a synthetic rubber like nitrile or neoprene.

Are all skin irritations due to latex proteins allergy?

No. Some chemicals like rubber accelerators, antioxidants and anti bacteria sanitizing agents are added to the gloves production process to impart desirable properties to the finished glove. The residue of these chemicals can sometimes result in “delayed subcutaneous hypersensitivity”, the symptoms of which include localized skin irritation or a rash, typically appearing several hours (6-48) after using the glove.

We recommend users consult their doctors to determine what chemical is causing their condition. In all cases, switching to another type of glove can often solve the problem.

Skin irritations and allergies are always more likely if the gloves have not been properly washed or fully processed.

Rubberex production processes are designed to have the well-being of the users’ hands uppermost in our minds. After proper washing and treating the gloves, residual allergens and irritants are brought down to minimal levels.

How do I select the most appropriate gloves for my application?

  • As a general guideline, you must determine the more essential parameters required of the gloves to withstand the most. Some types of gloves are noted for their mechanical resistance properties while the specialty of the others lies in the excellent chemical resistant qualities. If in doubt, please contact us and our technical experts would be more than pleased to assist you. Also you can refer to the safety officers of your company for the correct gloves for your application.

How do I know the gloves I buy are of the highest quality?

All reputable distributors of gloves around the world regard Rubberex gloves quality are amongst the highest in the world. Always check with your vendors if the gloves you intend to buy are manufactured by Rubberex.