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Latex Allergies On The Rise in Health Care Professionals

Work gloves are necessary in many occupations to protect hands from hazardous materials. Latex varieties are well suited for many different industries and settings. But for some workers, repeated exposure to latex can cause allergic reactions. The more you are exposed to latex, the higher your chances are of developing a latex allergy.  According to the NIOSH, latex allergies from occupational exposure are on the rise, especially in health care workers.


The two most common forms of exposure to latex are through skin contact (wearing gloves) and inhalation. Now, if you’re like me, you’re thinking “I don’t sniff rubber gloves. I don’t need to worry about inhalation”. Wrong! Snapping on or removing gloves releases latex particles into the air, which can end up in your lungs.

Types of Reactions:

Symptoms can vary depending on the type of allergic reaction. Irritant Contact Dermatitis is the least serious reaction, resulting in minor irritations such as redness and itching where skin has come into contact with latex. Allergic Contact Dermatitis is a delayed reaction to the chemicals added to latex during processing, and has the same symptoms as Irritant Contact Dermatitis. Latex Hypersensitivity is the rarest and most dangerous reaction to latex, and results from inhalation of latex particles. Symptoms can range from mild to serious. A mild reaction will feel like hayfever, with sneezing, runny nose, and itchy watery eyes. More severe reactions can include difficulty breathing, chest pain, or rapid heart rate. In some cases, anaphylactic shock and death are possible without proper treatment.


Studies show that using  Nitrile Gloves (instead of latex gloves) is most beneficial for preventing latex allergies. However, latex gloves are usually stronger and more puncture resistant. If you must wear latex gloves, try Powder-Free Latex Gloves to reduce the amount of latex particles in the air.

New Line – Whizard Gloves

Whizard Cut Resistant GlovesNeed cut protection? We now carry Whizard Cut Resistant Gloves from Wells Lamont. Wells Lamont has produced numerous innovative technologies, resulting in both the widest range and highest quality products. Whizard Gloves are extremely cut-resistant and come in various fabrics offering different levels of cut resistance.

In general there are two types of cut hazards:

1. Clean, sharp edge cuts, such as knife blades and clean edge sheet glass.
2. Abrasive cut hazards. These include: rough edge sheet metal; stamped or punched sheet metal; and rough edged sheet glass.

The Whizard Handguard II is the original heavy duty glove that protects against clean, sharp edge cuts. No other work glove offer this level of protection! Handguard II uses a unique combination of ultra-high strength Spectra, Vectran and stainless steel to provide the ultimate in hand protection against cuts and slashes. This glove is great for meat, poultry and seafood processing, material handling and deli slicer cleaning.

Material Guide For Chemical and Liquid Resistant Gloves

Not all work gloves are created equal. Some are designed to handle the high heat welders face, while others are crafted to be worn with a full-body hazmat suitChemical-resistant gloves are made with different kinds of rubber: natural, butyl, neoprene, nitrile and fluorocarbon (viton); or various kinds of plastic: polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyvinyl alcohol and polyethylene. These materials can be blended or laminated for better performance. As a general rule, the thicker the glove material, the greater the chemical resistance but thick gloves may impair grip and dexterity, having a negative impact on safety.

Natural Rubber Latex Gloves are comfortable to wear, which makes them a popular general-purpose glove. They feature outstanding tensile strength, elasticity and temperature resistance. In addition to resisting abrasions caused by grinding and polishing, these gloves protect workers’ hands from most water solutions of acids, alkalis, salts and ketones. Latex gloves have caused allergic reactions in some individuals and may not be appropriate for all employees. Hypoallergenic gloves, glove liners and powderless gloves are possible alternatives for workers who are allergic to latex gloves.

Nitrile Gloves are made of a copolymer and provide protection from chlorinated solvents such as trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene. Although intended for jobs requiring dexterity and sensitivity, nitrile gloves stand up to heavy use even after prolonged exposure to substances that cause other gloves to deteriorate. They offer protection when working with oils, greases, acids, caustics and alcohols but are generally not recommended for use with strong oxidizing agents, aromatic solvents, ketones and acetates.

Neoprene (polychloroprene) Gloves are made of synthetic rubber and offer good pliability, finger dexterity, high density and tear resistance. They protect against hydraulic fluids, gasoline, alcohols, organic acids and alkalis. They generally have chemical and wear resistance properties superior to those made of natural rubber.

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Gloves provide protection against many acids, caustics, bases and alcohols. PVC is not recommenced for ketones or many other types of solvents. It generally offers good abrasion and cut resistance, but some gloves styles are susceptible to cuts.

Polyethylene Gloves offer economical protection from mild chemicals, oils, fats, punctures and abrasions. Component material of polyethylene gloves comply with FDA regulations for food contact.

Butyl Gloves are made of a synthetic rubber and protect against a wide variety of chemicals, such as peroxide, rocket fuels, highly corrosive acids (nitric acid, sulfuric acid, hydrofluoric acid and red-fuming nitric acid), strong bases, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, esters and nitrocompounds. Butyl gloves also resist oxidation, ozone corrosion and abrasion, and remain flexible at low temperatures. Butyl rubber does not perform well with aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons and halogenated solvents.

The following table from the U.S. Department of Energy (Occupational Safety and Health Technical Reference Manual) rates various gloves as being protective against specific chemicals and will help you select the most appropriate gloves to protect your employees.

Click here to view Chemical Resistance Chart.

Ninja Flex Latex Coated Gloves – A Latex Coated All Purpose Glove

One of our best-selling work gloves, Ninja Flex Latex Coated Gloves are great for many different applications. Use these gloves for agriculture, durable goods assembly, recycling, box handling and yard work. An economical all-purpose glove that offers amazing dexterity and comfort. The Ninja Flex Latex Coated Gloves feature a nylon shell to reduce heat buildup keeping your hands dry and comfortable. The latex rubber coated palm and fingers offer an excellent grip while maintaining superb flexibility and elasticity.

HexArmor 4041 NSR Glove – High Puncture & Cut Resistant Gloves

The HexArmor NSR Gloves combine the comfort and dexterity of a mechanics style glove with significant needlestick protection. HexArmor gloves work great for baggage search and correctional facility pat-downs and searches. In addition to puncture and sharps resistance, the cut resistance provided in these gloves is very high, Level 5 on the ISEA guideline. The NSR provides 3 layers of protection on the palm, fingers, and forchettes. If Hexarmor’s hand protection doesn’t sound like the gear for your job, check out our entire selection of work gloves featuring specialized designs for any assignment you may face.

G-Tek Maxiflex Nitrile Coated Gloves, Great For Many Uses

We’ve had quite a bit of interest in our G-Tek Maxiflex Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated Gloves lately. Customers have reported many great uses for these gloves including Automotive work, Assembly Line, Machining, Painting, Maintenance, and even Horticulture.

Many of our own employees in the shipping department wear them. “I don’t mind wearing the G-Teks all day long. The lightweight material is breathable keeping my hands dry and the nitrile coating provides an excellent grip while I’m shipping products.” – Jay

Let us know how you are using your G-Tek Nitrile Coated Gloves and take a look at our entire selection of work gloves. Feel free to drop us an email or add a comment to this post.