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The norm ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 374-1:2016+A1:2018 requires a degradation test for “… each chemical claimed in the marking and reported in the user instruction” of disposable nitrile or latex gloves. The glove permeation test and the glove penetration test are thus not the only ones required for substantiating the properties of chemical protective gloves. In this article, we will help gloves users and Health & Safety managers to understand the glove degradation test method according to ISO 374-4:2019.   WHAT IS THE CONTEXT FOR THE CHEMICAL DEGRADATION STANDARD?   The standard ISO 374-1:2016+A1:2018 specifies the requirements for gloves […]

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Everyone has experienced electric discharge by touching an object or something else. This is called an Electrostatic Discharge (ESD). Whilst in daily life these effects are mostly inconsequential, ESD can be very harmful or even dangerous in the industrial world. Learning about ESD disposable gloves is of paramount importance and will help in the selection of gloves with good ESD properties.   ESD ISSUES In the electronic, semiconductor or nanotechnology industries for example, the release of an uncontrolled spark may cause irreversible damages to electronic devices leading to serious financial losses. In other areas such as the pharmaceutical industry, avoiding […]

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  Double-gloving is common in the manufacturing of products that must be kept free of contamination. This is the case in aseptic environments and in controlled atmosphere areas (cleanrooms) type A or B in the pharmaceutical industry. In these areas, the risk of particulate and microbial contamination of products must be minimized. The first reason for wearing gloves in these areas or, more generally, in cleanrooms, is therefore to avoid products’ human contamination or with particles present on PPE. It is therefore essential to maintain the cleanliness of cleanroom environments by wearing gloves of a high level of cleanliness with […]

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Workers in cleanrooms and laboratories wear single-use gloves to protect themselves, mainly against chemical and biological risks during handling, but also to protect their work and industrial processes. In some environments or industries, in cleanroom and laboratories, it may be necessary to double-glove, it means wearing two pairs of single-use gloves one on top of the other. This is referred to as double-gloving. These gloves may be made of nitrile or latex and may be sterile or non-sterile. Why double-glove in cleanrooms and laboratories? Whether to protect the worker or to ensure that the manufactured product is not contaminated, it […]

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For better protection of laboratory workers, the highest level of chemical protection should be provided. When we talk about disposable chemical resistant gloves, we are referring to gloves that are designed to protect against chemical hazards. As such, they will have been subjected to different tests: permeation, penetration, and degradation. In this article, we will focus on the permeation test method used for gloves.   WHAT IS THE CONTEXT TO THE EU CHEMICAL PERMEATION STANDARD? The standard EN 16523-1:2015+A1:2018 relates to the permeation test method used with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) gloves. It is linked to the ISO 374-1:2016+A1:2018 standard. This […]

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ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY Today there is a need for companies to demonstrate their responsibility for preserving the environment and biodiversity. Of equal importance is the struggle against global warming and addressing various social challenges. ACTION ON THE ENVIRONMENT When it comes to environmental management, the international standard ISO 14001:2015 allows companies to create the necessary conditions for achieving continuous improvement in their environmental performance. The main challenges are to reduce one’s carbon footprint as much as possible, avoid polluting the environment and preserve water resources. As a responsible organization, SHIELD Scientific is committed to protecting the environment and […]

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The slogan of our company SHIELD Scientific, a manufacturer of nitrile and latex disposable gloves, is “Compliance, comfort and protection”. The protection of laboratory and cleanroom workers has always been a key priority, whilst ensuring that we strictly comply with the current regulations and standards and without neglecting the comfort of the users of our nitrile, neoprene/nitrile or latex gloves. With this in mind, we created twinSHIELD™ technology which underpins all our SHIELDskin CHEM™ and SHIELDskin™ brand disposable gloves as well as our ecoSHIELD™ Eco Nitrile PF 250 laboratory nitrile glove, plus our ultra-clean shieldskin XTREME™ ORANGE NITRILE™ 300 DI […]

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“What does this mean in terms of hand protection?” What is the AQL of your nitrile or latex glove (Acceptable Quality Level)? Single-use protective gloves or disposable gloves are commonly used in laboratory and cleanroom environments, but how certain are you that your hands are well protected? There is a simple way to find out how well you are protected: look for the AQL of your nitrile, neoprene or latex gloves.The acronym AQL frequently appears on the laboratory glove dispenser or on cleanroom glove bags followed by numbers such as 4.0, 1.5, 0.65 or even 0.25 and alongside these figures […]

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First, let’s remind ourselves and understand the EU standards relating to disposable gloves: In February 2020 the ISO 21420:2020 standard came into force superseding EN 420:2003+A1:2009 and thus becoming an international standard. As everyone might know, this norm relates to the new general requirements for protective gloves. This new standard applies to PPE gloves (reusable gloves and disposable gloves) used in the laboratory and cleanroom workplaces. It is the responsibility of manufacturers of disposable gloves, such as latex gloves or nitrile gloves, to ensure that their PPE gloves are compliant with this new standard. The ISO 21420:2020 Standard “specifies the […]

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Regulation (EU) 2016/425 – ISO 374-1:2016+A1:2018 – ISO 375-5:2016 In April 2016, a new European regulation on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was adopted. In its wake has come a revision to some standards, including those relating to protective gloves offering protection to chemical and biological risks. Not only are nitrile gloves and latex gloves for use in the laboratory impacted, but also ultra-clean gloves for the pharmaceutical or high-technology industries. Looking at these changes, can we really talk about a revolution? The legal framework:PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 was passed in 2016 and came into force in April 2018. It has […]

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