Finishing Disposable Gloves: How to Make Them Easy On, Easy Off

Hands pull on disposable gloves.

After gloves go through the production process—formers dipped in solution, dried in high heat, rinsed in a chlorinated solution (in the case of latex), dried again—their interior needs to be finished.

This process makes it easier to pull on and remove gloves. Without interior finishing, gloves can stick to skin and cause a struggle to get them on or off.

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Risk of Latex Allergies Should Drive Your Transition to Nitrile

Dental technician wears nitrile disposable gloves while working.

Latex allergies get a lot of attention, especially in the disposable glove business. An important part of finding “the right glove for the job” is determining whether the person wearing said glove is allergic to natural rubber latex proteins, and recommending substitutes if necessary.

In truth, such allergies are rare. They affect approximately 1 percent of the general population and 8 to 12 percent of healthcare workers. (Latex allergies become more prevalent in people who are exposed to the material regularly, and most medical-grade gloves are made from latex.)

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Disposable Gloves Are Not Designed for Cooking at High Heat

Gloveworks Industrial Vinyl Gloves are great for preparing food, but don't cook with them.

Disposable gloves are an invaluable tool in kitchens around the globe. From making burger patties to mixing salads to plating and serving food, they protect against cross-contamination as well as keeping hands safe from chemicals and cleaning solutions.

We often get questions about the suitability of using disposable gloves over an open flame like a grill. Distributor partners say their customers inquire about using disposables when cooking, and which material is best in those situations.

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Supply Chain Issues Persist, but Glove Market’s Outlook Is Bright

Containers stack up in port awaiting distribution.

If you thought that 2022 would bring quick resolution to the worldwide supply chain disruption, you’ll want to rethink that position.

Havoc at ports is showing no signs of declining. Prices for a vast array of goods continue to rise. Any real progress will require investment, technology and a refashioning of incentives across global business. It will take more ships, additional warehouses, and an influx of truck drivers.

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