Product News: Starlab’s New StarGuard Gloves are Proven to Reduce the Potential for Contact Dermatitis

10 Jul 2018

 Protection is a concern for anybody working in a laboratory environment and the wearing of disposable gloves is a daily occurrence to ensure personal safety. However, while gloves protect from typical laboratory hazards such as chemical agents, the increasing sensitivity of state-of-the art analysis methods like qPCR and mass-spectrometry means the samples have to be protected from contaminants like RNAses and foreign DNA/proteins to ensure reproducible, trustworthy results. In this context, it is alarming that more and more laboratory staff experience allergic skin reactions to wearing disposable gloves.

Contact Dermatitis
It is not just latex gloves that users can react to. Some people can react to the chemical additives in the glove, whatever the material. StarGuard™ nitrile gloves are true accelerator-free gloves. To be truly accelerator free, the glove must be produced without ANY accelerators, not just the common ones. Some gloves claim to be accelerator free but really only use different accelerators to those commonly used. Advanced polymer technology and manufacturing processes means StarGuard™ gloves are made without any accelerators. StarGuard™ have demonstrated, through advanced biocompatibility testing, a reduced potential for irritation from chemical additives and have clinically shown to reduce the incidence of the redness and itching associated with contact dermatitis. They carry the US Food & Drug Administration authorised claim of Low Dermatitis Potential.

Glove Ergonomics
Although glove ergonomics may not appear that critical over the length of an average career, poorly fitting gloves can increase the risk of developing a workplace-related injury. Selecting the right glove will aid your ergonomic safety. Gloves should fit the hand comfortably. Gloves that are too small continually constrict the palm and stress delicate nerves, blood vessels, tendons and ligaments in your hands. In contrast, gloves that are too large force users to strain their hands to keep the glove material in place without bunching up. Even today, with all of the ergonomic information that is available, some professionals still do not equate wearing poorly fitted gloves with the development of workplace-related musculoskeletal disorders. StarGuard™ gloves are extremely comfortable. These lightweight gloves provide great dexterity thus reducing hand fatigue during long periods of use. They are ideal for everyday use with small instruments that demand a lightweight, dextrous glove.

No Contaminants!
Additionally, StarGuard™ gloves contain no contaminants to interfere with your experiments.
Recommended for use when:

  • Users have concerns regarding hand health
  • Concerns with glove contaminants interfering with experiments or sensitive products must be eliminated
  • Working in wet conditions. A reduced amount of surfactants used during the manufacture of StarGuard™ results in an improved grip in wet conditions to rival that of latex gloves.

StarGuard™ gloves are PPE Category III (Complex Design) with an AQL of 1.5. Supplied in boxes of 200 gloves, the larger pack size helps conserve the environment by reducing the amount of packaging materials required, transport costs and storage space. StarGuard™ gloves are kind to both the environment and to your hands, thus providing the ultimate protection for sensitive skin.

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