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JAN 2018

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36 JANUARY 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM Safety Watch Y ou probably don't put a lot of thought into which disposable gloves you buy. It makes sense. e name "disposable" actively encourages you not to care about them. But there's a lot more going on with disposable gloves than you might think. Nitrile gloves, in particular, are quickly becoming the material of choice for these one-and- done pieces of protection. at's because nitrile, unlike latex, doesn't cause an allergic reaction. Approximately 3 million Americans have allergies to natural rubber latex and it's growing. If you work in an industry that uses a lot of disposable gloves then you need to make sure that you're looking at more than just cost. Here are some other things to consider when purchasing disposable gloves in the coatings industry. Glove Thickness Gloves are measured in mils. One mil equals one-thousandth (0.001) of an inch. Disposable gloves range from 2 to 15 mils (50.8‒381.0 microns) in thick- ness, with standard thickness being 4 mils (101.6 microns). e thickness of a disposable glove depends on dwell time (amount of time the hand form stays in the chemical solution), pretreatment concentration, and viscosity. e more viscous the solution is during the dipping phase, the thicker the glove will be. A lthough thinner gloves are preferred because of their higher touch sensitivity, thicker gloves have specific purposes. For instance, if you're mixing cement you' ll want a thicker glove (12‒15 mils, or 304.8‒381.0 microns). If you're mixing by hand, there' ll be a lot of friction that the glove can resist. icker gloves will also give a longer time for permeation, which is beneficial in industrial applications that use specialty chemicals, such as phenols in epoxy mixtures. Tensile Strength Tensile strength is a material 's ability to resist tension when being pulled apart. It's measured by the great- est stress a material can withstand when stretched without breaking. If you work in an industry that uses a lot of disposable gloves then you need to make sure that you're looking at more than just cost. By Matt Burtney, Content Marketer for Superior Glove Photo courtesy of Superior Glove Works Ltd. How to Choose the Right Disposable Gloves for Construction

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