There is a plethora of evidence linking vinyl gloves to adverse health issues, due to the high content of cheap phthalates plasticizers.
Studies have highlighted the lack of cross-linking of PVC molecules, causing them to separate when flexed of stretched. The effect of this is two fold:
- Vinyl gloves have poor resistance to stretch and elongation (based in lower tensile strength and elongation tests) than that offered by nitrile or latex gloves. Less elasticity and flexibility leads to a poorer fitting glove; with more holes occurring during routine use.
- Increased permeability to bacteria and virus. This increases the risk of cross contamination for both the glove users and the products they are handling.
Of particular interest, is the shorter durability of vinyl gloves. With more holes occurring during routine use, together a poor fit, the wearer is required to change gloves more often.
Double gloving is the practice of wearing two layers of gloves to reduce the danger of cross infection from glove failure, a practice seen in the many industries with vinyl and poor quality gloves.
Therefore, although vinyl gloves are usually cheaper per glove, they are not the best value for money. And one cannot overlook the adverse health implication of vinyl gloves.
Below is a comparison chart of vinyl, latex and nitrile, comparing the health, environmental and cost effectiveness of gloves - areas to consider when selecting your gloves. Eagle offers a full range of nitrile, latex and vinyl gloves (Eagle Protect vinyl gloves are compliant with Proposition 65 requirements in the State of California).
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