The Shentex pH Natural N12533 5.5 soft, nitrile, chlorinated, disposable glove has a pH-balanced inner coating to help prevent irritation. This glove has a palm thickness of 3.5 mils and a finger thickness of 3.9 mils, and is 9.5" long from the tip of the middle finger to the edge of the beaded wrist cuff, which is 2.7 mils thick. Nitrile provides better elasticity than vinyl, better puncture resistance than latex or vinyl, better abrasion resistance than chloroprene, and reduces the likelihood of allergic reaction. The glove is textured on the fingertips, fingers, and palms for improved grip, particularly in wet environments, compared to gloves with textured fingers. This glove has been washed in a diluted chlorine-based solution to help reduce tackiness, providing lower surface friction than a non-chlorinated glove and making it easier to put on the glove, particularly in wet environments. This powder-free glove leaves no residue, reducing the risk of contamination. This ambidextrous blue glove is suitable for examination applications.
|Material||Nitrile, powder free|
|Palm thickness||3.5 mils|
|Finger thickness||3.9 mils|
|Cuff thickness||2.7 mils|
|Minimum tensile strength||24 megapascals (MPa) before and 23 MPa after aging|
|Elongation before aging||820%|
|Elongation after aging||830%|
|Acceptable Quality Level (AQL)||1.5|
Tensile strength, measured in MPa, is the amount of force required to rip a glove; the higher the number, the stronger the glove material. Elongation measures how much a glove can be stretched before it breaks. It is expressed as a percent of the original length of the glove at the moment of breakage; the higher the percent, the more the glove can stretch. AQL is an FDA quality specification for the defect rate in surgical and exam gloves. The FDA requires an AQL of 1.5 for surgical gloves and 2.5 for exam gloves.
Disposable and limited-use gloves are used in medical, forensic, scientific, food service, and industrial applications. Disposable gloves are commonly made from flexible materials such as latex, nitrile, chloroprene, and vinyl. While most disposable gloves are designed for use on either hand, some can be purchased in hand-specific models. They are offered powdered or powder-free; silicone or silicone-free; chlorinated or non-chlorinated; coated or uncoated; with a standard- or extended-length cuff; sterile or non-sterile; and with textured or smooth fingers, fingertips, and palms. A glove's abrasion, cut, and puncture resistance are defined by glove material and thickness, and may be improved with the use of exterior coatings. Abrasion resistance means the glove helps protect the hand from contact with rough surfaces. Cut resistance means the glove helps protect the hand from blades and sharp instruments. Puncture resistance means the glove helps protect the hand from objects such as needles. Chemical resistance means the glove helps protect the hand from certain chemicals, and varies by glove material.
Shentex manufactures disposable gloves. The company, founded in 1984 and headquartered in Union City, CA, meets International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards 9001 and 13485.