North Safety Products has been recognized for more than 50 years as a leaderin hand protection. Our R&D and manufacturing expertise spans a broad rangeof processes and this is reflected in our diverse product line. As a pioneer anddeveloper of specialist gloves for demanding applications, North has establisheda track record for innovation in industries as diverse as nuclear, semiconductorand automotive.
In fact, some of North’s best selling gloves were developed witha unique user or application in mind.North proudly manufactures many of its gloves in the US and is committed tostaying at the forefront of glove development in the US and globally. Workersafety not only remains our top priority, the tools and initiatives we havedeveloped demonstrably improve customer education and end-user safety.
The wide assortment of gloves in the latest North catalog have been categorized and described in detail to make proper glove selectionmuch easier. You can also use the Indexes in the back of the catalog to locate gloves by: industrial application, product name or item number.
BASIC GLOVE TYPES
Disposables – These are thin (4 to 6 mil) unsupported gloves, usually made from nitrile ornatural rubber (commonly known as latex). Disposable gloves provide limited protectionagainst liquids, oils, chemicals and mechanical hazards, but are an excellent choice forcontamination protection. They can be used to protect the wearer from the product, or theproduct from the wearer. They are ideal for tasks requiring short term protection from minorhazards. Typical applications include maintenance, inspection, food preparation, etc. They areusually discarded after a single use.
Liquid & Chemical Resistant – Liquid & chemical resistant gloves provide a continuousmembrane that protects the hands from hazardous and non-hazardous substances. They areavailable in many different types and materials. Choice is dependent upon the hazard beingfaced. Most gloves in this category are un-supported, but supported types are also available(with an integral liner for wearer comfort). Many liquid & chemical-resistant gloves can alsobe used for protection against abrasion, cuts, tears and punctures. Their applications varydepending on the material used.
General Purpose – This broad category of gloves encompasses many different designs andmaterials. For the most part, they are intended to provide protection from dirt andmechanical hazards (such as sharp or abrasive objects) or to enhance the wearer’s grip.Some types are also liquid proof, but generally offer low levels of chemical protection.
Cut Resistant – Cut resistant gloves are specifically designed to provide protection againstsharp objects such as blades, glass and metals. Gloves in this category offer enhancedprotection compared to similar looking general purpose gloves, because they are made frommaterials that offer superior performance against mechanical hazards. Typical materialsinclude Kevlar®, Dyneema® and stainless steel mesh.
Controlled Environment – Controlled environment hand protection products range fromfinger cots to cleanroom gloves to glovebox and isolator box gloves. Finger cots are generallyworn to protect an item or product from the wearer (for example, static dissipative cotsprotect sensitive electronic components on a PCB). Cleanroom gloves prevent contaminationof critically clean products, such as silicon chips and protect the wearer from hazardouschemicals. Glovebox and isolator box gloves allow a worker to safely handle toxic orradioactive substances within the box, or protect the product in the box from contaminationfrom the environment outside the box. Controlled environments are found in the electronic,nuclear and pharmaceutical industries.
LIQUID & CHEMICAL RESISTANT GLOVE MATERIALS
Silver Shield® (PE and EVOH Laminate film) – Silver Shield is exclusive to North SafetyProducts. Silver Shield gloves and accessories resist permeation and breakthrough against awider range of toxic chemicals than any other material. They are ideal against aromatics,esters, ketones and chlorines. Silver Shield products are an excellent choice for chemicaland petrochemical laboratories, spill cleanups, hazmat control operations, photo finishing,medical laboratories and a host of other hazardous applications.
Butyl – Butyl is a man-made rubber that exhibits the highest permeation resistance to gasor water vapor of any glove polymer available today. It has many applications in industry, andis also the glove of choice for military, disaster preparedness and hazmat applications theworld over. It is ideal for use in ketones (MEK, MIBK, acetone), esters (tricresyl phosphate,amyl acetate, ethyl acetate) and highly corrosive acids.
Viton® – Viton gloves are made specifically for handling chlorinated and aromatic solvents.They exhibit a high degree of impermeability to these solvents and can be used in or aroundwater and water-based solutions. Viton also has superior resistance to PCBs. Viton gloves areused for applications in the automotive and chemical industries as well as aircraftmaintenance and degreasing operations.
Nitrile (NBR) – Nitrile can be used for both supported and un-supported gloves. It offersexcellent protection against acids, bases, oils, solvents, esters, grease and animal fats. Nitrileis more resistant to snags, punctures, abrasions and cuts than neoprene or PVC gloves, andunlike natural rubber gloves, contains no natural rubber proteins which can cause allergicreactions. Because nitrile gloves are so versatile, they are ideal for use in many applications,including laboratories, automotive and aircraft part-handling and assembly, plant cleaning,chemical processing, food processing, petroleum refining, dip tank operations, acid etching,painting, graphic arts, battery manufacturing, degreasing, electronics and pesticide handling.
Natural Rubber (Latex) – Natural rubber is widely used for gloves because it is relativelyinexpensive, and yet offers good resistance to certain groups of chemicals (such as acids). Italso has good resistance to abrasion, cuts, tears and punctures. It’s also very comfortableand permits excellent dexterity. Natural rubber can be an economical alternative to nitrile orneoprene. A negative aspect of natural rubber is that it contains proteins that can causeallergic reactions, so it is not recommended for everyone. Natural rubber also will swell anddegrade in contact with various animal fats, oils and solvents.
Neoprene – Neoprene offers protection from acids, alcohols, oils, solvents, esters, greaseand animal fats. It has been largely eclipsed by nitrile, but still has a niche in certainindustries, notably the petrochemical industry.
Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) – PVC provides resistance to most fats, oils, acids, caustics andpetroleum hydrocarbons, but PVC gloves are mostly sold as general purpose gloves,intended for numerous applications involving incidental exposure to a variety of low levelchemical hazards. They are mostly supported gloves (dipped on a liner) which means thatthe PVC layer is of variable thickness, which it turn means that the glove’s chemicalresistance varies from one part of the glove to another. PVC is a very versatile andinexpensive polymer and supported PVC gloves are available in a wide range of styles,finishes and colors. They have applications in many industries, including petrochemical,construction, fishing industry, cold storage etc.