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AQL (Acceptable Quality Limit):
A number code used to specify the maximum number of defects allowed in a batch of gloves before it is considered non-compliant.
ASTM F 1671:
A standard test method for evaluating the resistance of gloves to viral penetration, using Phi X 174 virus.
EN 374-5:
A European standard for testing gloves against microorganisms, including viral penetration using Phi X 174 virus.
Latex refers to the natural rubber derived from the sap of the Hevea brasiliensis tree. Latex gloves are made from this natural rubber and are known for their flexibility, comfort, and tactile sensitivity. However, some individuals may have allergic reactions to the proteins present in latex, leading to latex allergies.
Latex allergy:
A type I allergy to proteins present in natural rubber latex, which can cause allergic reactions in some individuals.
Nitrile is a synthetic rubber material commonly used in the production of gloves. Nitrile gloves offer excellent chemical resistance and are a suitable alternative for individuals with latex allergies. They are widely used in various industries, including healthcare, laboratories, and food handling.
Vinyl gloves are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) material. They are a cost-effective option and offer basic protection against certain chemicals and pathogens. Vinyl gloves are generally less elastic and provide lower tactile sensitivity compared to latex or nitrile gloves. They are commonly used in industries such as food service and janitorial services.
Medical product:
A medical product refers to any item or device intended for medical purposes, including diagnosis, treatment, prevention, or alleviation of diseases or medical conditions. In the context of gloves, medical products specifically refer to gloves designed and manufactured for use in healthcare settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and laboratories, to provide protection for healthcare professionals and patients.
Incontinence products:
Incontinence products are items designed to manage and address urinary or fecal incontinence, which refers to the inability to control the release of urine or feces. These products include adult diapers, disposable absorbent pads, protective underwear, and other similar items that help individuals manage incontinence and maintain hygiene and comfort.
Protective glove:
A glove designed to protect the user from the surrounding environment or specific hazards.
Category I protective gloves:
The lowest category of protective gloves, used for minimal-risk situations where no significant harm is expected.
Category II protective gloves:
Category II gloves are intended for medium risks and provide protection against hazards of intermediate severity. These gloves are designed to protect the user from risks that are not classified as either minor or life-threatening. The conformity assessment for Category II gloves requires the involvement of a notified body to verify the product's compliance with the relevant standards.
Category III protective gloves:
The highest category of protective gloves, suitable for handling high-risk situations that can cause severe or irreversible damage or pose a deadly risk to the user.
The process by which a chemical or substance passes through the glove material.
Changes in the strength or integrity of the glove material caused by a substance, such as making it stiffer, softer, or completely dissolving it.
The process by which a substance or chemical passes through the glove, typically through small pinholes or cracks in the material.
Viral penetration:
A standardized test using a small virus (Phi X 174) to assess whether it passes through the glove material, either through pinholes or the material itself.