Today it may sound natural to select gloves that are CE marked, PPE Category III and have an AQL of 0.65. It was not always the case. We were among the first to offer cleanroom gloves classified as category III (Complex Design), as defined in the PPE Directive 89/686/EEC, highlighting the fact that only category III gloves were likely to provide the necessary personal protection. Likewise, whether you are seeking an extra barrier for chemical protection or additional protection from microbiological hazards, SHIELD Scientific gloves continue to exceed your expectations by offering 40 cm gloves.
Comfort is very often at the top of the user’s criteria for selection of gloves. Whilst numerous manufacturers are engaged in a rationalization process – in particular, a reduction of thickness/length of the glove in an effort to cut costs – SHIELD Scientific continue to alert users about the importance of thickness and length in terms of maintaining the protection performance of the glove. We also embrace the latest advances in synthetic glove technology. By offering gloves based on nitrile with a blend of neoprene, users can experience a level of elasticity not normally associated with nitrile gloves.
When selecting a glove, its protective properties are often lost in the jungle of features offered to users by the manufacturers. The complexity maintained by glove producers surrounding norms, cost effectiveness, logistics and comfort usually drives the choice of the users at the expense of protection. Quite simply, THE THICKER AND LONGER THE GLOVE, THE BETTER YOU WILL BE PROTECTED. One of the newest techniques developed by SHIELD Scientific is twinSHIELD™ technology. This is a unique double layer system to improve significantly the protection and comfort mix and to bring to you a new era of disposable glove technology.
SHIELDskin Xtreme™ cleanroom gloves are branded very differently from many of our competitors. Whereas other glove manufacturers may wish to brand their gloves as ISO class 4 or ISO Class 5, we challenge this paradigm and would ask how classifications for airborne particulates relate to gloves. In reality there are no internationally recognized specification limits that would determine whether a clean room glove is ISO Class 4 or ISO Class 5 compatible. Accordingly, it is left to users to decide what is suitable for their process. From the following simple branding concept, the user can very clearly see that washing in deionised water provides the essential differentiation in terms of cleanliness properties.
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Whilst process, protection is typically the main concern, increasingly, the users are recognising that there is often an equal need for personal protection of employees from chemicals and biohazards. the responsibilities of the employer are outlined in the PPE at work Directive 89/656/EEC which is the enshrined in local legislation throughout the European Union (EU). To address this need, all SHIELDskin XTREME™ gloves are registered according to the PPE Directive 89/686/EEC.
For users of sterile gloves, the SHIELDskin XTREME™ gloves offer the highest level Of Bio Contamination Control. SHIELD Scientific products provide superior process and personal protection from liquid penetration by Micro-Organisms (EN 374-2:2014) and viruses (ISO 16604:2004 Procedure B and ASTM F1671-97b). Acceptable Quality Level (AQL) is a crucial parameter for determining barrier properties. An AQL Of 0.65 according to EN 374-2:2014 Level 3 represents Over 50% less defects than comparable sterile gloves on the market.
SHIELDskin XTREME™ Gloves are processed with deionised water laundering cycles to achieve low levels of Particles, extractable ions and Non-Volatile residues. Prior to packaging, the gloves are dried under HEPA Fi Lter Driers. These critical steps are performed in controlled environments.
As a guarantee of industry leading performance, we supply certificates on all our floves. the certificates of conformance (CoC) provide lot specific data such as levels of particles and extractables, ehilst for sterile gloves test data on endotoxin levels is also presented. The Certificates Of Irradiation (CoI) are available for every lot of sterile gloves. Sterile gloves are terminally sterilized by gamma irradiation to a sterility assurance level (SAL) Of 10-6, in accordance with the guidelines detailed in ANSI/ AAMI/ EN ISO 11137-2:2015 “Sterilization Of Healthcare Products – Radiation”.
Uncontrolled static discharge can lead to serious losses in the electronics industry. It is also a concern in some areas of the pharmaceutical industry. For these reasons, SHIELDskin XTREME™ Non-Sterile nitrile gloves have undergone testing according to EN 1149-1/2/3/5 (Test methods for measuring electrostatic properties on protective clothing).
To respond to the need for greater personal protection when handling cytotoxic subtances, we were amongst the first companies in Europe to promote testing of gloves against ASTM D6978 rather than the less stringent EN374-3.
For users of sterile gloves, the SHIELDskin XTREME™ gloves offer the highest level of bio contamination control. SHIELD Scientific products provide superior process and personal protection from liquid penetration by Micro-Organisms (EN 374-2:2014) and Viruses (ISO 16604:2004 Procedure B And ASTM F1671). Acceptable Quality Level (AQL) is a crucial parameter for determining barrier properties. An AQL Of 0.65 according to EN 374-2:2014 Level 3 represents over 50% less defects than comparable sterile gloves on the market.