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There are several good reasons why FlextTex gloves are superior to Latex gloves in Food Handling applications.
1.) Flextex gloves have a close and flexible fit to provide a real and sensitive touch. Have you ever wondered why doctors DO NOT use the same floppy plastic gloves that cleaners use to clean dunnys? Well, it's because they NEED to feel exactly what they are doing. That's what the Flextex glove does as well. It give you the ability really feel what you doing, while you are working with food.
2.) Flextex gloves are latex free. In fact, they aren't manufactured with any traces of latex or rubber at all! So this means that all the people with latex sensitivities or allergies don't have anything to worry about.
3.) Flextex gloves are tougher than normal vinyl gloves, yet much more cost effective than the latex gloves.
4.) Ever have trouble with that white powder that comes with standard gloves? At the end of your shift, you might find that your black trousers are now "sprinkled white". The best thing about Flextex Gloves is that there is no powder at all, so the clothes stay clean.
Check out the video link above and see what the staff at the Al Dente deli in Sunbury have to say.
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There was an interesting observation from the food safety experts at the Gourmet Guardian, when they were here to prepare us for HACCP certification. When they were checking through our range of hair nets, beard covers, sleeve covers, aprons and shoe covers they mentioned how important these products were in the Australian Standards for Hygienic Production of Poultry Meat for Human Consumption (Australian Standard 4465).
We've talked about vinyl and latex gloves but it wouldn't be a three-part series without talking about nitrile gloves, now would it? Nitrile gloves are disposable gloves like the other two but unlike vinyl and latex, they're in a whole distinct class of their own!
Nitrile gloves have many fascinating properties that make it very common for manual labour. In fact, factories have adopted nitrile gloves as their 'can't live without' item simply for its durability and flexibility to have custom changes made to it.
The advantages nitrile gloves have to offer to make employment at places where chemicals, oil, heat and sweat run rampant is that all of these problems are much more bearable because of its chemical resistance and heat dissipation.
To understand why nitrile gloves are so important today, keep reading to learn about the special properties and uses they have to offer!
How Nitrile Gloves Are Made
We now know that latex gloves are made from rubber trees and vinyl gloves are made from PVC so then, what is nitrile's secret ingredient?
In the words of a scientist, nitrile gloves are made with synthetic polymer formed by combining the monomers acrylonitrile, butadiene and carboxylic acid. In words that the rest of us can understand, the gloves special ingredient is known as synthetic rubber.
Nitrile gloves are known to be a bit looser around the hand but one quality they possess that many other disposable gloves don't is a special property that's called butadiene. Butadiene allows the glove to warm up to the hand so that it becomes soft and mouldable, allowing it to be worn with comfort for many hours at a time.
Other elements and solvents are mixed in to maximise chemical and oil resistance, making nitrile gloves much more durable against punctures and erosion that can sometimes be caused by factory chemicals.
The biggest difference that you'll note with these gloves is that they can be a little thicker than a latex or vinyl glove. While it's been documented that gross dexterity does remain in full tact, it was shown that nitrile gloves can give 8.6 less finger dexterity than latex of vinyl gloves.
This is the main reason why you'll see nitrile gloves commonly used in factories, for automobiles and other jobs that are considered to be tough instead of the doctor's office for checking vitals.
Uses of Nitrile Gloves
The popularity of nitrile gloves is that it's made to be the most resistant of all disposable rubber gloves to oils and most chemicals. Some hospitals and dentists do keep a small stock within their offices but when you think of nitrile gloves, think more about factories and laboratories.
Chemists and scientists work with lots of needles and chemical mixtures amongst other things. They have to experiment with elements, mix them and make sure the solvents never touch their skin for safety reasons.
Automobile manufacturers are around oily cars, whether it's a mechanic or an assembly line. Hands have to go up into dirty places, change oil and do some heavy work that can cause blisters. Nitrile gloves are used just as much for safety as goggles and hard hats are at a construction site!
Factories that combine both chemicals and manual labour aren't left out either! Hands are everything in most businesses which is why it's your job to keep them working as best as they possibly can!
For those of you, who aren't employed in a manual labour job, don't think there's not a use for you! You do still use your hands in some pretty rough and sometimes gross places, right?
Think yard work or oil changes in your car – no one wants to touch prickly branches from a newly trimmed rose bush or greasy nuts and bolts inside of a car. Save the latex and vinyl for the inside and bring those nitrile gloves outdoors with you!
Wrapping up the entire series, what was once to be thought as only a doctor's (or nurse's) accessory to their white coats is now used for the biggest jobs in manufacturing companies all the way down to household chores. The uses for disposable gloves are endless and will ALWAYS be around!
Latex gloves are, perhaps, the most popular of the disposable glove clique but as with anything over the years, the need for more with different varieties are needed to keep everyone happy.
Latex gloves are, by far, the most used disposable rubber gloves used to date. It's estimated that the average hospital bed sees 75 pairs of latex gloves per day while the average dentist uses 123 pairs of these gloves per day. That's definitely not a small number considering theses are only the statistics for one doctor and one dentist, not including the thousands of other uses not mentioned!
The problem with all of this popularity is that out of the billions of people either using or having had contact with latex gloves, allergic reactions to the natural ingredient used in making them are bound to pop up around the globe.
While some believe this to be an epidemic that calls for the ban of latex, other realize the fact that out of the billions who touch these gloves is obviously a much bigger audience than those not using them at all.
Think about the grass in your front yard. Millions of people have allergies to freshly cut grass, pollen or plants in general but that doesn't take the need for these natural occurrences. Instead, people adapt and find solutions for dealing with what's there whether it's moving to an apartment or taking antihistamines to suppress the sneezing.
The same concept applies to disposable latex gloves. We've adapted, not thrown out the need for it altogether!
Understanding the need for clean and sterile environments along with allergies that are present, different types of disposable gloves are now used. Vinyl gloves have become the next latex with the same elasticity and durability, different grading for different uses and extremely hygienic.
The difference between latex and vinyl gloves is the ingredients used in making them.
How Vinyl Gloves Are Made
The biggest difference that vinyl gloves make in the sterile disposable glove market is the main ingredient used in making it. It's not a natural ingredient that many people might be allergic to; instead, it's a manmade ingredient called polyvinyl chloride or PVC, a term you may already be highly familiar with.
PVC is a synthetic rubber that are classified as either thermosetting resins or thermoplastic resins. The first type of resin includes the phenols used in latex but the difference is that this resin hardens and can never be softened again. This would be the PVC pipe you're familiar with.
The second resin, thermoplastic, contains all of your poly's: Polyethylene (PE), polystyrene (PS) and polypropylene (PP). This version can be moulded into flexible items making thermoplastic the ideal choice of PVC for vinyl gloves.
The biggest difference that can be seen by the human eye is the way these gloves fit your hand. They're designed to be a little looser fitting but they come in a variety of sizes so that you can pick the size that's perfect for you or the job they're needed for.
Vinyl gloves come in extra-small, small, medium, large and x-large so whatever size suits the job will definitely suit you!
Uses of Vinyl Gloves
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As with any type of disposable rubber glove, vinyl gloves also come with a powdered or powder-free choices and more importantly, their own set of grades: Medical, high risk and utility grade.
Medical and high risk graded vinyl gloves do come FDA approved and are used more commonly in medical and food service fields, whereas, utility graded gloves aren't approved and most likely used for painting or cleaning around the house.
Although there are endless uses for vinyl gloves, they're most commonly used in hospital, medical and dental settings. You might have noticed the latex and latex-free box of gloves sitting next to each other during your last visit for a check-up.
If you're one of those people who do have allergies to latex, don't feel shy in asking your doctor or dentist to switch to vinyl gloves. While a very small percentage of people are actually allergic to latex (less than two in 200 among healthcare workers), the hype that surrounds latex gloves is much larger.
Regardless, the great ideology of today's time is that there's always a plethora of options that continue improving and expanding to keep EVERYONE happy!
Opposition leader, Tony Abbott shows an excellent food preparation technique, using blue vinyl gloves to prepare his barbecue - all while campaigning against the carbon tax.
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