Are Nitrile Gloves Latex-free?

June 26, 2017

THE SHORT ANSWER: YES.

When we are asked, ‘Are nitrile gloves latex-free,’ the answer is ‘Yes!’ 
Nitrile gloves are BPA, phthalate and latex-free. To see the difference between nitrile gloves and latex gloves (and vinyl), 
check out this comparison chart below!

NITRILE GLOVES ARE LATEX FREE, BUT THE MAJORITY CONTAIN ACCELERATOR CHEMICALS

Nitrile gloves can carry a very low allergy rate of less than 1% of users. Studies have shown that the chemical accelerators and other additives commonly used in the products of nitrile gloves, can cause allergies. To reduce the cost of glove manufacturing, more and cheaper additives and chemical fillers are added to the raw material, in turn causing allergies. But some nitrile gloves are now being manufactured without accelerator chemicals, such as Eagle Protect Sensitive Nitrile gloves. They have an allergy rate even closer to negligible!

So when you ask, ‘Are nitrile gloves latex-free?’, the answer is ‘Yes,’ but when asked, “Do nitrile gloves contain accelerator chemicals?” the answer is a little more complicated.

WHAT ARE NITRILE GLOVES?

Nitrile is the superior material for today’s disposable gloves. Nitrile, also known as NBR, is a form of synthetic rubber with an unusually high resistance to oil, fuel and other chemicals. The more nitrile within the polymer, the greater the protection from oils, but the lower the flexibility.

Historically, nitrile gloves have not had the level of “stretch” that is associated with latex gloves. Recently, advances in the formulation of nitrile gloves, such as in Eagle Protects Light & Tough gloves, have closed the gap between nitrile and latex to a minimal difference. Also, improved manufacturing techniques have lead to highly tactile, tough and flexible nitrile gloves with negligible allergy rates.

NITRILE GLOVES ARE THE MOST COST-EFFECTIVE FOOD SAFETY GLOVES

Today, we are happy to announce that nitrile gloves are the most cost-effective food safety gloves to protect your employees, your customers and your business from the very real dangers of food contamination and evolving food safety regulation.

Light & Tough Nitrile gloves are made using 30% less raw materials than standard disposable gloves (Eagle Protect sells these in blue and white!). They are thinner (while retaining their strength), allowing twice the normal amount of nitrile gloves to fit in a single box (200!). Along with reducing the amount of cardboard waste, water and fuel, more nitrile gloves per box mean more free storage space for restaurants, food manufacturers, and processors! 

ONLY THE HIGHEST QUALITY NITRILE, VINYL, AND LATEX

Eagle Protect supplies only the industry’s safest and most dependable products while shielding you from the dangers of those facilities that make you want to wash your hands before and after even touching a disposable glove! You won’t find more trustworthy product lines in the foodservice industry anywhere!

RESPONSIBLY SOURCED

Eagle Protect visits every single one of our suppliers regularly, rigorously verifying their product excellence, staff conditions, and environmental footprint to make sure they meet our Supplier Code of Conduct.

This logo means Eagle Protect is recognized as a force for good in the industry. Eagle Protect is the world’s only certified B Corporation supplier of disposable gloves and clothing and is proud to be New Zealand’s first Certified B Corp business.

 

To learn more about the benefits of nitrile gloves and to take the first step in protecting your business from the dangers of poor quality disposable gloves and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), call one of our experts today.

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Tags: BCorp, Sustainability, Food Safety