What should I look in disposable gloves to ensure I’m protected?

Check that the gloves are tested against EN455.

The gloves can also be tested as personal protective equipment. Here you will see a CE symbol followed by CAT II or CAT III. There will be an icon called EN374-5 with VIRUS written below. This means that the gloves have been tested and checked by a third party.

Keep in mind, examination gloves do not break down viruses and bacteria, they merely act as a barrier between your skin and the virus or bacteria. Therefore, be aware that the gloves can carry the viruses and bacteria with the glove. To prevent the spread, change gloves as often as possible.

Which disposable gloves protect me from viruses?

Ensure the gloves come in a box with “medical examination gloves” written on it.

Check for the medical glove standard EN 455 on the box. There is no icon for EN 455, therefore it will usually be written on the side of the box. Gloves tested against medical testing standard EN 455 part 1-4 indicate that the gloves are suitable to be used in the medical field. 

You can use all medical examination gloves made of nitrile, latex and vinyl. Be aware however, that after prolonged use of vinyl gloves, the material can extend and creates pores, giving the virus or bacteria the ability to penetrate the glove.

Can I use both latex and nitrile gloves?

Yes, both types of gloves will be tested under the standard called EN374-5 VIRUS.

While EN 374-1:2003 tested gloves for their resistance to micro-organisms, EN ISO 374-5:2016 specifically classifies gloves according to whether they provide protection against bacteria, fungi and/or viruses for greater safety. The specific micro-organism that the glove provides protection against (if any) will be listed below the biohazard symbol shown below.EN374-5

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