Glossary of Terms

Abrasion ResistanceA glove's ability to protect against abrasions.
Allergen ContentGeneral mesure of the glove's known allergy issues relating to a type of gloves.
AmbidextrousGloves that can be worn on both left and right hand.
AQLAcceptable Quality Level Standard
ASTMThe American Society of Testing and Materials. An independent industry group that provides guidelines for standards for glove specification.
B GradeRejected medical grade gloves, often sold as Multipurpose grade gloves.
Barrier IntegrityThe glove's ability to provide a protective barrier for a user.
Barrier ProtectionDefines a glove's ability to repel a substance and maintain protection for the user.
CaseFull case of product
Chemical ResistanceRefers to a glove's ability to protect a user from a specific substance agent.
ChlorinationThe process of cleaning latex gloves to lower exposure to reduce protien content (which can cause allergice reactions) and make the gloves more slippery so that they are easier to don.
CuffThe bottom edge of a glove; comes as a rolled bead cuff as well as gauntlet cuff.
CuringAlso known as vulcanization. A process in glove production where the glove compound is strengthened using heat or chemicals to create the glove material.
Cut ResistanceA glove's ability to protect the user from being cut.
DegradationA material breakdown in a glove.
DippingThe process in which a glove form is dipped into chemical compound during production to being shaping the glove from its raw material state.
Dispenser (DP)Inner package
Disposable GlovesSingle use gloves intended to be discarded after a single use.
DonThe act of putting a glove on.
Donning PowderPowder added to gloves to facilitate application and comfort of glove.
Each (EA)One single item
ElasticityRefers to a glove's ability to stretch and return to form.
ElongationMeasures a glove's ability to stretch and return to form.
Embossed FinishA textured finish created in the manufacture of Poly glove manufacturing
Factory SecondsRejected medical grade gloves, often sold as Multipurpose grade gloves.
FDAFood and Drug Administration
FDA 510kThe FDA issues a document of approval for medical gade gloves known as a 510K. This document specifies the intended use of the glove. Medical Grade Gloves are tested and approved by the FDA.
FinishThe outer texture of a glove.
Flat Pack (FP)Stacked, loose bags
FlocklinedFlocklined gloves contain an inner liner composed of fibers that are used to improve the comfort of the glove.
Form, Feel and ComfortDefine the general fit, comfort and realistic feel provided by the glove.
FormerHand-like object that is dipped into the glove compound, and is used to shape the glove compound during production.
Glove MemoryMemory refers to a glove's ability to form to a user's hand, providing maximum comfort and less fatigue.
HACCPHazard Analysis and Critical Control Point
Header (HD)Cardboard piece at the top of the saddle pack.
Human Rights CertificationIndependent plant level cerfitication recognizing manufacturing facilities operating in a humane manner.
Knockd Down (KD)Empty case, broken down
Latex (LTX)Latex is a natural rubber, extracted from the Havea brasiliensis tree (rubber tree).
Latex AllergyAn allergy associated with contact with natural rubber latex.
Leaching The process of cleaning latex gloves that lowers exposure to latex allergy.
Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)A thermoplastic made from monomer ethylene.
Low ProteinGloves tested to contain lwess than 50u grams of protein, the lowest allowable claim by FDA.
Master (MC)Outer case
MilUnit of measurement used to measure glove thickness 1 mil = 1/1000 inch
NeopreneA synthetic rubber glove material created from a polymerized form of Chloroprene.
Nitrile (NIT)Synthetic glove material consisting of acrylonitrile, butadiene and a carboxylic acid.
OEGHot-cast embossed (creates tiny air pockets permitting air to circulate around the hand) poly glove
Online ProductionPractice where gloves are taken directly off the main line and are not seconds or medical rejects.
OSHAOccupational Health and Safety Administration
OSFMOne size fits most
Pair (PR)Two gloves = a pair
Pinhole TestGlove quality testing method in which the glove is filled with water to detect holes.
PlasticizersChemical components added to synthetic gloves responsible for properties such as elongation, form, fit and function.
Polyethylene (OEG)Glove material produced through the polymerization of ethylene.
PolymerChemical compound comprised of molecules with repeating elements.
Polyvinyl ChlorideGlove compound used to create vinyl gloves comprised of a combination of chlorine and ethylene that is converted to PVC through a series of chemical reactions.
Powdered (PP)Gloves are lightly powedered with food grade corn starch.
Powder Free (PF)No powder
Protein ContentNatural Latex Rubber contains protein, which is the major contributor to Latex allergy.
Puncture ResistanceRefers to a glove's ability to resist holes and tears caused by a pointed instrument.
ResistanceA glove's ability to protect the user from a chemical or physical condition or environmental contaminant.
Rolled Bead CuffA cuff that is formed by rolling material up into a thicker band at the base of the glove.
Saddle Pack (SP)Bags packaged with a header; 200 bags per saddle pack.
Saddle Pack Wire HolderDesigned to stand on counter tops along kitchen lines to hold the saddle bags for easy access.
Siliconisation or CopolymerizationA surface treatment that aids donning and provides greater comfort. Additional treatment of the outside glove surface can assure better grip in various wet and dry professional environments.
Skin Free Contact ManufacturingA unique manufacturing process whereby the first human hands to touch the glove are the user.
SMG CertificationSpecifies technical requirements for all types of single-use, natural rubber examination gloves made in Malaysia that are certificed as Standard Malaysian Glove (SMG). This is a non-governmental, voluntary organization.
Strength and DurabilityMeasures a glove's ability to perform under stress and pressure.
Supported GloveA glove that is created by fabric liner under a protective coating.
Synthetic (SYN)Glove material made without latex.
Tactile SensitivityThe glove's ability to provide a realistic feel.
Tensile StrengthA glove's ability to resist tearing when stretched.
TextureA glove finish that allows for improved grip and slip resistance.
Unsupported GlovesUnsupported gloves are so named because porcelain hand forms are dipped directly into the glove compound. The dried film or "skin" is later stripped off the forms, leaving perfectly molded gloves. There is no liner or fabric "supporting" the compound.
Vinyl (PVC)Glove material manufactured with synthetic PVC resins, which is comprised of a combination of chlorine and ethylene that is converted to PVC through a series of chemcial reactions.
Wire Glove DispenserWall mounted holder designed to gold glove dispenser. Designed to provide a fast, easy way to dispense gloves one at a time.
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