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Comprehensive Guide to Disposable Nitrile Gloves

What Are Black Nitrile Gloves?

Black Nitrile Gloves are a form of hand protection. The glove material is a compound called nitrile, which is a chemical resistant, puncture resistant material. Nitrile is basically a synthetic reprocessed version of latex. 

What Are Black Nitrile Gloves Used For?

Black nitrile disposable gloves are commonly used for trade-based jobs. Such as mechanics and technicians. The colour black also makes them perfect for tattooing hairdressing or any job that requires a sleek glove.

Black Nitrile Glove changing car oil
TGC Black Nitrile Disposable Gloves

Are Black Nitrile Gloves good for Mechanics?

Black Nitrile Disposable Gloves are the preferred disposable gloves for mechanics in Australia. Some black nitrile disposable gloves even have low sweat technology, making them perfect for mechanics and outdoor tradesmen in the Australian Summer.

Are Nitrile Gloves Food Safe?

Nitrile Gloves are food safe by Australian Food Standards. However not all gloves are HACCP Certified Food Safe, so always check with the manufacturer before using nitrile gloves with food.

HACCP Food Safety Certified Gloves

Are Nitrile Gloves BPA Free?

Nitrile Gloves are BPA free, Latex free, Phthalate free, Vinyl Free, MBT free and often powder free.

Are Nitrile Gloves Waterproof?

Yes, Nitrile gloves are waterproof.  Nitrile is derived from rubber so it is naturally waterproof.

waterproof glove showing water droplets

How Long Are Nitrile Gloves Good For?

Nitrile disposable gloves last a long time, however like any natural product they will eventually degrade. To ensure your box of nitrile gloves lasts its lifetime, make sure that you store them out of direct sunlight, and out of the heat.

What Do Nitrile Disposable Gloves Protect Against?

Nitrile disposable Gloves protect the wearers hands. The nitrile material keeps the wears hands safe from any contamination, they also stop the user from contaminating any item or surface that they are touching. Nitrile is waterproof, grease proof, oil proof and most importantly chemical resistant to a range of common chemicals and substances. Nitrile disposable gloves are also commonly used in the medical industry due to their high puncture resistance, and dexterous strength.

Are Nitrile Gloves Impermeable?

It is important to remember nothing is impermeable forever. Nitrile material does have a higher chemical resistance rate then compared to latex material. Although, some chemicals will eventually pass through, especially strong grade chemicals. However for an everyday work glove, nitrile gloves are a good choice for hand protection against common chemicals.

Are Nitrile Disposable Gloves Recyclable?

Yes, Nitrile Disposable Gloves are recyclable in Australia. They can be recycled, however they need to go in a special separate recycling bin, as opposed to your standard recycling bin. 
TerraCycle is a company that provides specialist disposable glove recycling boxes. You can buy them online, or from Australia Post, then simply fill the box with your used disposable nitrile, vinyl or latex gloves. Then you simply ship the box to the collection address, and shipping is already included in the price of the box!

Recycle symbol with nature

Are Nitrile Disposable Gloves Biodegradable?

Yes, Nitrile Disposable Gloves are biodegradable! Nitrile disposable gloves will eventually biodegrade, however they do take longer to break down then latex disposable gloves.

Is Nitrile Rubber?

Nitrile is derived from rubber trees. The rubber is processed until it turns into Nitrile Material. 

Are Nitrile Disposable Gloves Hypoallergenic?

Nitrile Disposable gloves have a lower allergy rate then latex disposable gloves. Nitrile is the superior choice when it comes to people with allergies or sensitive skin. If you suffer from sensitive skin, then read our informational guide here.

Nitrile or Latex for Mechanics Gloves?

Nitrile disposable gloves are stronger then latex disposable gloves. They are also more resistant to chemicals, have higher puncture resistance and they come in trade industry specific colours. Whereas latex gloves more commonly come in the medically associated blue and white colours. Most mechanics need a strong, dexterous, chemical resistant glove, therefore they normally always go for Black Nitrile Disposable Gloves.

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This article has been re-shared with permission from The Glove Company.