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eSafety Supplies, Inc. F.A.Q.


Specifications of Latex Disposable Gloves

The Single thickness of the middle finger measurement is greater than 0.17 mm, which goes down for the palm and the cuff, measuring 0.14 mm and 0.11 mm respectively. The tensile strength before ageing of these gloves is about 21 Mpa. Some Latex Gloves can also be powdered depending on their use, and the concentration of proteins on such gloves is about 100 Micrograms/gram.

eSafety Supplies carries a full line of Disposable gloves, ranging from generic brands to major brands such as Microflex, Showa Best and Ansell. When choosing a disposable glove, you must determine if you are going to buy a Nitrile Glove, Latex Glove or Vinyl Gloves. Each type of glove is used for various purposes, depending on the usage and preferences. Some of the items to consider include amount of protection, allergies, chemical resistance, quality level and comfort and size. Our full product line allows you to choose based on pricing and quality. We also offer free samples for our generic brands so you can determine if the quality, comfort and pricing fits your needs.

Choosing Disposable Gloves:

Before purchasing any glove, whether it is made using latex, nitrile, or vinyl, you must assess a few factors:

  • What amount of protection will you need? (thickness, length)
  • Do you have any allergies to the materials used?
  • Do you need certain chemical resistances?
  • What degree of barrier protection do you need? (AQL, elongation, tensile strength)
  • What degree of comfort and fit do you require? (size, dexterity, grip)

You can find the answers to these questions in our Glove FAQ

Disposable Glove F.A.Q.

Stumped about what type of disposable gloves you should use for your industry? Interested in knowing what options you have when purchasing gloves?�We have all your questions answered, the eSafetysupplies way.

You have come to the conclusion that you need to purchase an order of disposable gloves. You type in a simple google search and find a plethora of sites where you can purchase these items. What complicates things more is that there are so many types of disposable gloves, all for different uses and not to mention all made out of different material. If you are aware or not, the type of glove you choose could affect the performance of the certain job you would like to use it for. Before all that, you have to take into account glove size, comfort and allergic reactions you may have towards certain materials in the glove. Remember that a glove is not just a glove and material performance is extremely important.

eSafetysupplies is here to help with simple answers to questions you might have when making a disposable glove purchase. This little guide is compliments of the team here at eSafety supplies.com, enjoy.

Before we start here is a helpful tip
Remember that before making a purchase on gloves you need to take into consideration three important factors. Fit/Comfort, Protection and Allergy concerns, all of which will make your purchase all the more better suited for your individual needs. Below you will find bullet points on each category.

  • Fit/Comfort: Your gloves should fit you well and feel comfortably.
  • Protection: You wear gloves for protection. Therefore, choose the gloves that best protect you for the task you are to perform.
  • Allergy concerns: Allergies have become a concern, with cases reported of extremely painful and bad allergic reactions.

Question: So what are disposable gloves used for?
The eSafety Supplies answer:�Disposable gloves can be used for a myriad of things ranging from treating cuts, working with low grade chemicals to simple household chores such as cleaning. What makes things a bit confusing are that certain gloves are recommended for certain uses pertaining to industries. Before all that, you need to make sure you get the right size gloves, which leads to our next question.

Question: How do I know what glove size I am and how do I measure glove size?
The eSafety Supplies answer:It�s important to stress you get the correct glove size because when gloves do not fit you can not use them in a comfortable way, impeding the task you have to accomplish. Below you will find a step by step process on how to measure exact size.

  • Grab a tape measure
  • Make sure to take the measurement in inches
  • Now start at the middle of your hand and wrap the tape measurer around your hand until you reach your starting point.
  • You can now determine the following:
    If your measurement is between 7 and 8 inches, order small
    If your measurement is between 8 and 9 inches, order medium
    If your measurement is between 8 and 9 inches, order large
    If your measurement is between 10 and 11 inches, order extra large

Please note that if you are ordering synthetic or nitrile exam gloves, they tend to run small. You may consider sizing up especially if your measurement is on the edge of a range.

Question: What types of disposable gloves are available for use?

The eSafety Supplies answer: �There are three types of materials used for disposable gloves

Question: Is there any explanation on what is the difference between those three choices of gloves?

The eSafety Supplies answer: Below we will break down the difference between the materials disposable gloves comprise.

  • Natural Latex Rubber: Natural Rubber Latex is a durable and flexible material that provides a high measure of barrier protection. Latex rubber gloves offer good dexterity and can be used in light chemical environments. Since latex is a natural substance, it contains proteins that may cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Anyone using latex gloves that develop a rash should stop using these gloves immediately. They may easily use a synthetic product such as vinyl or nitrile gloves in place of latex. Most gloves are ambidextrous. You can choose from powdered or powder free styles.
  • Vinyl: Vinyl is a synthetic plastic material manufactured of poly vinyl chloride. Depending on the application, vinyl gloves are designed to provide tactile sensitivity, yet offer adequate protection. Ambidextrous gloves are available in powder and powder free styles with a beaded cuff.
  • Nitrile:Nitrile rubber is a synthetic elastic material noted for its oil and chemical resistance. Nitrile gloves offer a very comfortable fit. The synthetic nitrile polymers which make up the gloves respond to your body temperature and essentially mold the gloves to the shape of your hand. Nitrile gloves are often offered with a textured grip to provide a non-slip grip that makes it easier to hold objects, especially when they are wet. Gloves are ambidextrous and available in powdered or powder-free styles.

Question: How do I know which glove to use for a certain situation?

The eSafety supplies answer: So you know the materials gloves are made of and the types offered, but you are still lost as to what type of gloves are used for what purpose. We got that covered for you; below you will find recommended uses for each glove.

 

- Natural Rubber Latex is recommended for: Natural rubber Latex provides a high measure of barrier protection against many blood borne pathogens and environmental contaminants. So it is recommended for use in the emergency medical services fields, micro-biological work or for work requiring very precise manipulation. These gloves can be used for other general cleaning purposes as well.

 

 

- Vinyl is recommended for:�Vinyl gloves are often used in institutional or industrial environments and are excellent for food service, food processing, assembly, and maintenance. These gloves are adequate if you need protection against grime and due to their anti-static properties, they are especially effective in situations where static electricity is a concern. These gloves are not recommended for medical activities, high-risk or hazardous conditions. Vinyl provides weaker chemical protection and should not be used when handling chemotherapy drugs. These gloves are great if detail is a necessity and normally used for painting and general hand protection.

 

 

- Nitirle is recommended for: Nitrile gloves protect from a broad range of chemicals like solvents, greases, oils and alkali solutions. They also provide an effective barrier from blood borne pathogens. These gloves are recommended for medical use as they have the highest grade of protection. These gloves are thoroughly tested to pass FDA requirements and exceed a broad range of demanding specifications. These gloves are also excellent for mechanics, automotive workers, medical workers, personnel at risk for chemical splashes at work and laboratory workers. Nitrile gloves are three times more puncture resistant than rubber and can be used to offer superior resistance to many types of chemicals.

 

Question: I�m dealing with certain chemicals, is their a list I can refer to that points out what gloves provide the maximum protection for that chemical?

eSafety Supplies answer: Yes, we actually have a list like that. It's provided here on the bottom.

  • Natural rubber latex: gloves resist bases, acids, alcohols and diluted aqueous solutions of most types of chemicals. They also offer fair protection against undiluted ketones and aldehydes.
  • Nitirle: offers good protection against bases, oils, many solvents and esters, grease and animal fats. Nitrile gloves are not recommended for ketones and some organix solvents.
  • Vinyl: highly resistant to aliphatics, aromatics, chlorinated solvents, esters and most keytones. They quickly break down when exposed to light alcohols

Advice if allergic to latex: If you are sensitive to latex, avoid all latex products altogether and use only non-latex exam gloves, such as polyurethane, nitrile, and vinyl. If you choose to use latex gloves, you should only use powder free latex gloves with reduced protein content. On the other hand, if you suffer from Type IV Chemical Hypersensitivity, switching from latex gloves to non-latex gloves may not alleviate the situation, because these chemicals are added in the process of making all types of gloves including both latex and non-latex.

Before we at eSafety Supplies leave you, we have some tips to share with you on before and after glove use:

Before Use

  • Always cover any broken skin, cuts or grazes with a waterproof plaster before putting on your gloves.
  • If your hands are dirty, or you have been handling chemicals etc. wash your hands before putting on gloves. Make sure you rinse and dry your hands well. Traces of soap held against the skin by a glove can cause irritant dermatitis.

During Use

  • Remember to protect the skin above your glove. The sleeves of your laboratory coat should overlap the top of the glove during work. For greater security, tuck your sleeve into the cuff.
  • If you are using disposables change your glove immediately after any splash. Many chemicals can quickly pass through or damage disposable gloves.
  • Whenever feasible, change your gloves after more than an hour's use. Gloves prevent the evaporation of sweat. This builds up and can cause skin water logging which can predispose to dermatitis. Dry your hands before putting on a fresh pair.
  • Avoid touching unclean surfaces such as telephones or door handles to avoid accidental contamination.

After Use

  • Take care when removing your gloves so you do not touch the outer surface. Pull off your first glove so it turns inside out. Use this clean inner surface to hold the second glove while you pull it off.
  • Discard gloves into the correct waste stream. Latex gloves should be disposed of as clinical waste.
  • Always wash your hands after removing your gloves.

Hand Care

  • Always rinse well to remove soap residues after washing your hands.
  • Never use chemicals such as paraffin or acetone to clean your hands. They remove the natural oils from your skin and cause dermatitis.
  • If you have to wash your hands often, then use a moisturizing cream afterwards. These replace the natural protective is removed through washing.
  • If you develop a rash, or dermatitis� sore, cracked or inflamed skin � seek help from the Occupational Health Service. An OH Adviser can help track down the cause and help you avoid a recurrence.

Safety Vest F.A.Q.

What is ANSI
ANSI is short for the American National Standards Institute. It is a private non-profit organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems, and personnel in the United States. ANSI accredits criterions developed by representatives of standard developing organizations, government agencies, consumer groups, companies, and others. These standards ensure that the characteristics and performance of products are consistent, that people use the same definitions and terms, and that products are tested the same way. ANSI also accredits organizations that carry out product or personnel certification in accordance with requirements defined in international standards.

 


The eSafety Supplies explanation
We bet you�re thinking, �what did all that just mean?� To sum it up, ANSI oversees the development of standards in different sectors of the U.S. market. They do this to improve the safety of products for consumers and so U.S .materials and equipment to be used worldwide because they are following a set of accepted standards. To have an ANSI seal of approval means you have met the organization�s standards for that industry, standards that ANSI helped oversee and develop.

What is this ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 thing I keep seeing everywhere?
On June 1, 1999, a new standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel was established with the help of ANSI. On September 15, 2004 the standard was revised and is currently referred to ANSI/ISEA 107-2004. This standard is the industry-recognized yet voluntary consensus on high visibility safety apparel recommendations. The standard no longer only uses work zone vehicle speeds as a gauge for classification. Instead, the three classes are determined based on the performance of the garments themselves. This is defined by the amount of background material and retro reflective material on the vest, in addition to other considerations that make the person more easily seen in low visibility situations. For more information on ANSI you can visit www.ansi.org

The eSafety Supplies explanation
There is a lot wealth of information you can get into here, but the important thing to know is that this accredited standard provides a consistent authoritative guide for design, performance specifications, and use of high-visibility garments. It was developed to protect you to the upmost degree in hazardous situations. Protective gear that does not abide by this standard does not meet the rigorous test and checks ANSI has developed.

Common question: Does the protective gear I buy need to be ANSI certified?
eSafety Supplies answer: It depends on what your use for the protective gear is and in what situation. For the most part, a majority of the states, cities and municipalities require that you use protective gear that follow ANSI standards in a workplace environment. If you are simply looking for a vest and reflectors for you and your family in case of an emergency, an ANSI certified garment may not be necessary but it doesn�t hurt to have one as you will have peace of mind that the gear/garments you have are up to the highest standards.


What are these different classes I keep seeing on protective products?
The ANSI standard defines classes for garments. Classes 1, 2 & 3 typically cover vests, shirts, jackets, coveralls and Class "E" covers pants and shorts


The eSafety Supplies answer: ANSI has designated classes of protective gear for certain situations. Below you will find a breakdown of each class, the recommended situations each should be used, and for what purpose.
::Random Fact: States mandate that people who work on federal highways are required to wear a vest. This includes police, firefighters and state workers.::

Class Ratings
Class 1
Protective wear that has a Class 1 rating provides the minimum amount of required material needed to differentiate the pedestrian worker or civilian apart from the work environment. Class 1 garments are appropriate for activities where pedestrian workers can pay full attention to the approaching traffic, where there is enough separation between the pedestrian worker and the vehicle traffic, where the work background is not complex, and vehicles and equipment are traveling at speeds less than 25 mph.
(Sample of a Class 1 vest provided by www.esafetysupplies.com)
Examples of workers who use Class 1 apparel include:

  • Parking Lot Attendants
  • Shopping cart gophers

Class 2
Class 2 garments provide better visibility than Class 1 garments by providing additional coverage of the torso. Class 2 garments are desired for greater visibility during inclement weather conditions such as hurricanes and heavy floods. Class 2 is appropriate for everything that was mentioned in Class 1 as well as for recovery workers who are on or near roadways, where vehicle and equipment speeds are 25 - 60 mph. It is also intended for use in work areas where greater visibility is desired during inclement weather conditions and complex backgrounds .
Examples of workers who use Class 2 apparel include:

  • Forestry operations
  • High-volume parking and/or toll gate personnel
  • Ship cargo loading operations
  • Airport baggage handlers/ground crew
  • Roadway construction, utility and railway workers
  • Emergency response and law enforcement personnel
  • Survey crews , Trash collection and recycling operations
  • School crossing guards
  • Accident site investigators
  • Delivery vehicle drivers
  • Railroad inspection and maintenance crews


(Sample of a Class 2 vest provided by www.esafetysupplies.com)

Class 3
Class 3 garments areintended to offer the highest level of visibility. They are meant to be used in a number of situations and are best suited for use in extreme weather conditions such as heavy rains, hurricanes, blizzards, wild fires, flash floods and other natural phenomenon. Class 3 visibility is enhanced beyond Class 2 by the addition of background and retro reflective material to the arms and/or legs. Class 3 garments should be considered for activities where a pedestrian worker may be exposed to vehicle speeds ranging from 25 mph to above 60 mph and/or reduced sight distances. The pedestrian worker and vehicle operators may have high task loads, or the wearer must be identifiable as a person at least one-quarter mile away and are intended for workers who face serious hazards and often have high task loads that require attention away from their work.
Examples of workers who use Class 3 apparel include:

  • Roadway construction personnel and flaggers
  • Survey crews
  • Utility workers
  • Emergency response personnel

(Sample of a Class 3 vest provided by www.esafetysupplies.com)
Class E
Class E garments apply to trousers, pants and shorts that have retro reflective background materials to create a high-Vis ensemble. Class E garments are not intended to be worn without Class 2 or 3 garments and when combined the overall classification is Class 3. For example, if you have a Class 2 vest and wear a class E trouser, the combination of the two classifies the ensemble as passing for both class 2 and class 3.
(Sample of a Class-E pants provided by www.esafetysupplies.com)

::Random Tip: You can combine class 2 and 1 items to make class 3 protective clothing::
On behalf of all of us at the eSafety Supplies team, we hope you have find this document informative and will use it as a reference on future purchases. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@esafetysupplies.com and make sure to visit www.esafetysupplies.com for more practical information on the products and supplies we carry.


I am looking Earplugs, what does 'NRR' stand for?

  • Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) is the measurment, in decibels, of how well a hearing protector reduces noise by.
    • 150 dB = Rock Concerts at Peak
    • 140 dB = Firearms, Air-Raid Siren, Jet Engine
    • 130 dB = Jackhammer
    • 120 dB = Jet Plane Take-off, Amplified Music at 4-6 ft., Car Stereo, Band Practice
    • 110 dB = Machinery, Model Airplanes
    • 100 dB = Snowmobile, Chain saw, Pneumatic Drill
    • 80 dB = Alarm Clock, Busy Street
    • 70 dB = Vacuum Cleaner
    • 50 dB = Moderate Rainfall
    • 40 dB = Quiet room
    • 30 dB = Whisper, Quiet Library

What makes the Shoe Covers anti-skid?

  • Skid resistance is provided by the embossed texture of the plastic, along with a proprietary plastic compound used.

Are Disposable respirators reusable? How many times / hours? Do/Can I clean it between uses?

  • They are designed for 1 time usage. For more technical details, please refer to the manufature.

Do Safety Helmets Have an Expiration Date?

  • The lifespan of the helmet varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Please check with the helmet manufacturer for more details. Safety helmets deteriorate over time and should be replaced even if there is no visible damage to the helmet if they are beyond their lifespan. If the lifespan is not known, or not stated, it is generally recommended that helmets be replaced after three years of normal use.

How do you know when a safety helmet was manufactured?

  • Most safety helmets will have the manufacturing date stamped or imprinted on the inside of the helmet. The manufacturing date will often look like this:

    The arrow points to the month the helmet was manufactured while the last two digits of the year will be in the middle of the circle. The pictured example was manufactured in September 2004.


Company Information:

  • Where are you located?

    We are located in the City of Industry in Southern California.

  • When will my order ship?

    Orders typically ship within one to three business days from when the order is processed. Exceptions include, but are not limited to, special order items, items shipped from the manufacturer, non-stock items, large orders, and custom orders. Order cut-off time is 10:00 AM PST. Orders placed after this time will be processed on the next business day. Please note that UPS does not deliver on Saturdays or Sundays.

    If you need an order by a specific date, please place the order ahead of time that allows for processing and shipping time, or contact us to see if we can make arrangements and accommodate your deadline.