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38 JANUARY 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM butadiene shut down for extended periods of time, then the price of nitrile will begin to increase as well. e availability of natural latex rubber will also play a role in the price of nitrile. Forty percent of the world 's natural rubber resources come from ailand. In recent years, ailand has experienced weeks of unseasonal flooding, which results in poor crops and affects the amount of latex rubber that is available on the market. is causes demand, and price, of nitrile to skyrocket. Setting aside the economics of supply and demand, nitrile, latex, and vinyl will range in price. Factors that will increase the price of gloves, regard- less of material, include: • Thickness: The more material that is used, the more you can expect to pay. • Powder: One of the most attractive aspects about powdered gloves is their cost effectiveness, but powder- free is the new trend. Engineering a glove that will easily don and doff without powder, though, will cost more. • Additives: Some gloves will include vitamin E or lanolin to moisturize your hands while you're wearing them. at being said, if you took vinyl, nitrile, and latex gloves that were all powder free, of the same thickness, and additive free, you could still expect to pay different prices. is is because vinyl is the least expensive material for producing disposable gloves, latex is approximately 80 percent more expen- sive than vinyl, and nitrile is double the price of vinyl and roughly 15 percent more expensive than latex. Economic factors such as supply and demand aside, nitrile is the most expensive because it is a good alter- native to latex. is has become more important in recent years with the rise of latex allergies and sensitive skin issues. Nitrile is also more appealing because it is the most chemical-resis- tant of the three fabrics, meaning that it can be worn by more people who are doing more applications. How to Choose Right Now that you have more information than you ever thought you could want about nitrile gloves, it comes to the decision of selecting the correct dispos- able nitrile gloves for your application. Considering these variables shouldn't be stressful — disposable gloves won't have as many variables as gloves designed for cut or impact resistance. 1. Glove Selection. This includes thickness, color, and fit. • Thickness. The rule of thumb when choosing disposable gloves is the thicker the glove in mils, the less dexterity you will have. The difference between a 3-mil-thick (76.2 microns) glove and an 8-mil-thick (203.2 microns) glove is 5/1,000th of an inch. It may not seem like much of a difference, but for someone working in food processing for eight hours a day, selecting the thinner gloves means less sweaty, tired hands. On the other end, tattoo artists or paint- ers need thicker gloves because there are more puncture threats and wear and tear associated with their jobs. • Color. Many industries have specific glove colors that are required for various reasons. Review the color requirements in your workplace for gloves. • Fit. Finding the right fitting glove is as crucial as choosing the right thickness of the glove. Too small and the glove will tear, too big and the glove will be awkward to work in and may slip off. A quality glove manufacturer will be able to provide gloves in sizes, at minimum, small to extra-large. 2. Wear Trials. Once you have decided on the correct thickness and color of the nitrile disposable gloves for your workplace, the next step is to narrow down your options. Choose gloves that meet your criteria from a variety of manufacturers. After choosing three or four different glove options, gather a team of people to try the gloves. The team should include workers of different sizes and genders to allow for multiple viewpoints. Throughout the day, the employ- ees should write down feedback about the gloves and any points of concern. Did one glove rip at the wrist when donning or did another glove have noticeably better grip? These employees should also make a point of writing down how long each glove lasted — this way a glove that lasted noticeably longer can be the clear front-runner, regardless of cost. Be sure to have the same group involved in the wear trials for each of the gloves to ensure consistency. 3. Review the Data. Once the wear trials are completed, it's time for your organization's safety manager and purchasing department to collect the forms and review the options. Generally, the forms should give a clear indication of which glove performed the best. Pay special attention to the amount of time each glove was worn. If a more expen- sive glove is being worn for longer periods of time, it will reduce usage and, in turn, costs in the long run. Final Thoughts In 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 124,450 hand injuries, among them: • Chemical burns: 440 cases • Chemicals and chemical products:1,160 cases • Exposure to harmful substances or environments: 6,360 cases ese are injuries that could largely have been prevented with the correct usage and disposal of disposable nitrile gloves. CP Matt Burtney is t he content marketer for Super ior Glove, a lead ing manufact urer of protec- t ive gloves and sleeves. For more infor mat ion, contact: Matt Bur t ney, (888) 428-1210, matt. bur t ney@super iorglove.com Safety Watch

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