Colors play an important role in our daily lives. When deciding which glove you need for your workplace or a certain task, knowing the benefits of each color can make a great impact to strengthening the protection that your gloves can provide you.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING DIFFERENT COLORED GLOVES?
Easily Identify Punctures
A punctured glove means a lot of danger, such as the transfer of viruses and bacteria from the one person to another or getting direct contact with chemicals that are harmful to the skin. To prevent this from happening, double gloving – wearing two different colored gloves so that when the first glove gets punctured, the glove underneath will show through immediately because of the color contrast – has been a famous practice that healthcare professionals do to identify punctures and tears.
Quickly Spot Contaminants
Light colored gloves make it easier for liquid and substances to be identified. The best example would be any color put in a white background would be very prominent than a different colored background.
Supervise and Organize Task
This is the most common use of colors. Color-coding in gloves help workers identify which glove is used for a certain task. A supervisor can also see workers that should not be in a specific area of a workplace with color-coded gloves. Assigning different colors of glove depends on the industry or personal preferences of the user.
Better Visibility in Low Light
There are certain colors of gloves that are easier to detect in low light than any other color. This helps some workers that has a certain task where keeping an eye on their hands are crucial in avoiding safety hazards caused by poor lighting.
Preventing allergic reaction
There are three main types of disposable gloves that can be identified by their color. These gloves are having different levels of protection, durability, and flexibility. As for their color, White or off-white gloves are generally Latex which is a type of glove that is best for flexibility. Blue gloves are mostly Nitrile which is a type of glove that is latex-free that makes it very low in allergic reaction. Transparent gloves are normally vinyl, a type of glove that also has low allergic reaction but has the least durability and flexibility among the two.
However, these colors are not exclusive for each type. Nowadays, different colored Latex, Nitrile, and Vinyl have become available to the market because color variants have become more essential for users.
EXAMPLE USES OF THE MOST COMMON GLOVE COLORS
White looks clean and has the least dye compared to blue and other colored gloves. Thus, because of its color and material – mostly made with latex, white gloves are used for tasks that requires precise movement of the hands, needs hygienic look, and deals with contaminants.
Areas of use:
Since blue gloves are commonly made out of nitrile and the color light blue looks fresh and clean, it is widely used for tasks that concerns patient care because it has the least allergic reaction which is safe for both the wearer and the person being touched.
Ares of use:
- Healthcare Facilities
- Police officers
- Dental clinics
- Aesthetic clinic
Black is a color is the darkest, looks less clinical and it does not interfere much with a persons clothing. Therefore, black gloves are normally used for task that incorporate light colored substance or material that needs to be spotted easily or task that would look less untidy when a black glove is used compared to lighter ones, and other task that looks better when paired with a black gloves.
Areas of use:
- Postal workers (to trace white powder or residues)
- Law enforcement
- Tattoo artist
Orange and Green
These are high visibility colors that are easily seen in dim lighting and confined spaces and is best for task that deals with this kind of environment.
Areas of use:
- Auto Mechanics
Other colors of gloves can be designated depending on industry preference and needs of the user. For example, dark blue gloves are preferred by some dentists because blood doesn’t look too prominent with this color, other dentist and healthcare workers use purple because it looks more friendly and less clinical. Additionally, purple color looks more feminine which explains why beauticians and salon workers also use it.
Gloves are created in different materials and colors to make sure that it fits the requirements of a task, budget, and the preference of the user.
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