Order your disposable gloves at Nobraa
If you're looking to order medical or disposable gloves online, and you want additional information, you came to the right place. The question you probably ask yourself is: what kind of gloves should I choose? It seems like a simple matter of 'those blue' or 'medical' gloves, but to make the right choice, we have to go a bit further than that. We explain the differences below, because knowing those can come in hand(y)...
Types of gloves
Let's start by summing up the different materials. This is the most important thing to consider, because which material you want to use strongly depends on the type of work you use the gloves for. We briefly explain the most important and common types of gloves here.
Latex gloves are widely used in all kinds of business sectors, including healthcare. They are made of natural rubber, are elastic, thin yet strong and offer sufficient protection and hygiene in many situations. Think of medical care for the elderly, or blood tests. As disposable gloves they are ideal, because they are easy to put on. Because of the elasticity, they fit perfectly around your hand. Unfortunately, some people are allergic to latex and therefore get itchy hands when wearing latex gloves.
Nitrile gloves are made of synthetic rubber and are of a higher quality than latex. This material is stronger and won’t rip as easy. Therefore, these gloves are very suitable when working, for example, with oil and grease or chemical products. Due to the thickness, nitrile gloves are less likely to get a puncture or tear, at a marginal cost of its elasticity. If they somehow do get damaged, then it is generally clearly visible.
A big plus of nitrile gloves, is that even people with latex allergies can wear them without having to worry about it. For these reasons, nitrile gloves are seen as the standard. They are often a better alternative to the cheaper latex gloves. When you need gloves, we therefore recommend that you go for nitrile. You can find them at Nobraa, in addition to other protective equipment such as our high-quality face masks.
A third variant is vinyl. Like nitrile gloves, vinyl gloves are suitable for people who have a latex allergy and don't want itchy hands. The material is made of PVC, which provides a thinner layer. Vinyl gloves are therefore the most comfortable of the three, but offer less protection and have the shortest lifespan. They are intended primarily for single use. For shorter and less intensive work, vinyl is a reliable material.
Powder versus powder-free gloves
Latex, nitrile and vinyl gloves can all be found online as powdered or powder-free. In general, the powder makes the gloves easier to put on and helps protect against moisture and sweat. They are therefore more comfortable than powder-free gloves. However, powdered gloves cannot be used in every environment. The powder can stain the products you work with, so it's not suitable for those preparing food, for example. Also, the skin of people with a latex allergy may be sensitive to the powder, because latex particles that are released during work can stick to it.
Marking and standardization
Now that you know the differences, you will understand that not every glove is equally useful for every job. To make a clear distinction in this respect, there is a CE marking and EN standardization within the European Union. This is important to determine the right level of protection for our work. The packaging of the disposable gloves should indicate which CE markings and EN standards apply, so that you can see at a glance whether the type of glove is suitable for the intended environment.
As far as CE marking is concerned, there are three categories: simple design, medium design and complex design. Basically, this comes down to how much risk is involved in the work that the gloves are used for. The first category is for light-duty work with relatively small risks, such as gardening and assembly or working with hot objects. The second category has slightly stricter requirements. Those gloves offer more protection against, for example, cutting or welding. The third category includes gloves that offer protection against aggressive chemicals and high or extremely low temperatures.
EN norms show which specific dangers the glove can withstand. For example, for fire and heat, there is an icon of a flame and the number 407. For gloves that are suitable for work with mechanical risks, there is the number 388, with a hammer as icon. The number 374 refers to chemicals and micro-organisms. The packaging of disposable gloves should indicate which CE markings and EN standards apply, so that you can see at a glance whether the glove type is suitable for the intended environment.
Want to know your glove size?
Of course, it's also useful to know the correct size of the gloves. How do you find out which one fits you best? Very simple: measure how many centimeters the width of your palm is. 9 centimeters equals size 9, 10 cm equals size 10, and so on.
Ordering a set of gloves at Nobraa
If you want to order gloves at Nobraa, you can do so here. Should you need nitrile gloves in larger quantities, we have a nice offer. We offer a box of 100 nitrile gloves, in different sizes, at a low price. If you order multiple boxes, you can enjoy our quantity discount.