How Are Disposable Gloves Tested For Quality?
Disposable gloves undergo extremely thorough and careful inspection before they are approved for sale. All disposable gloves must offer a strong and reliable barrier as many employees who work in automotive, manufacturing, janitoring or agricultural industries often deal with a number of harsh and dangerous chemicals. The right protection level is also essential in medical, beauty and tattoo industries where disposable gloves safeguard the user from potential infection and cross contamination.
AQL - Minimum Quality Standards
Gloves are graded based on AQL – acceptable quality limits. This method is applied to batches of gloves and determines the leakages, pin holes or other imperfections in the glove material. The score represents the acceptable percentage of defective units in a batch.
For example, the AQL of 4.0 means only four gloves in a batch of 100 can fail the test.
Medical-grade gloves must have the AQL of 1.5 or lower. A superior AQL of 0.65 is recommended for the most demanding applications. Stronghold Advanced Powder Free Nitrile Gloves have an AQL of 1.5 and are a perfect example of disposable gloves designed specifically to meet the highest standards of pharmaceutical and medical industries.
Testing The Gloves
The test itself includes various inspections. The pinhole leak test decides whether the gloves are suitable for medical applications. The gloves are filled with one litre of water, closed at the cuff and hung upside down. Only the gloves that do not have leaks during the test are accepted. The smallest breach ends up in the gloves failing the test as the potential wearer would be exposed to dangerous pathogens.
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