Vinyl gloves are made from the synthetic monomer material called polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The material is taken through a polymerization process with a product that is hard and rigid. To avoid this, a plasticizing chemical is added to produce a flexible material required for making the gloves.
Vinyl gloves are relatively cheap to produce. The inexpensive factor makes them ideal for use in areas where glove turnover is high. Vinyl gloves are not as durable as the nitrile or latex types but still offer good service where durability and toughness are not the main concerns and only simple protection against contamination (by user) of material handled is the main aim.
Vinyl gloves are often used for:
- Non-contaminated light hospital procedures
- Food industry
- Light grooming procedures
- Home uses such as cleaning
- To handle things a person may be allergic to
- They fit more loosely. This can be a disadvantage for certain jobs.
- They are cheap.
- They are anti-static.
- They breathe less, so sweating is more than in other gloves. There is poor skin breathability with all types of gloves, but it is more with PVC / vinyl types.
- They are not safe when handling highly infectious material.
- Not ideal for handling chemicals.