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Q. What is the Difference between N95, KN95, KF95 and FFP2 masks

An N95 respirator is a respiratory protective face mask, designed to help reduce the user’s exposure to airborne particles including exceedingly small particles (0.3 microns) and large droplets. N95 respirator face mask literally has a filtration efficiency of at least 95% against non-oily particles.

In summary, different countries use different codes and numbers to name their respiratory face masks.  Essentially they are all very similar. The N95 is the USA standard, The KN95 is the China standard, The KF94 is the Korean standard and FFP2 is the EU standard. This includes the UK.

Latex, Nitrile & Vinyl Gloves

Q. What is the difference between Vinyl, Latex and Nitrile Gloves

Latex Gloves
  
Latex gloves are natural material, made out of rubber.  They are a popular choice of protective glove for medical or industrial use.  The primary reason people would choose an alternative to latex is because many people suffer from latex allergies.  When allergy is not a concern, latex does have a slight advantage with comfort and dexterity over nitrile gloves.

Attributes include:

  • Fit like a second skin
  • Have a high level of touch sensitivity
  • Are good for wearing for an extended amount of time
  • Work well for high-risk situations involving infectious material
  • Are cost-effective
  • Are lightly powdered, making it easier to put on
  • Are very elastic and strong
  • Are biodegradable

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile gloves are made out of a synthetic rubber, and are an ideal alternative when latex allergies are of concern.   Nitrile gloves are the superior glove when it comes to puncture resistance.  Nitrile gloves are often referred to as “medical grade.”  Before gloves can be marketed to hospitals and medical institutions, they must undergo a series of tests conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure their durability.

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Attributes include:

  • Latex-free
  • Are most puncture resistant
  • Have a high level of sensitivity
  • Mold to your hand for a great fit
  • Are good for wearing an extended amount of time
  • Work well for high-risk situations involving infectious material
  • Resist many chemicals
  • Have a long shelf life
  • Are available in blue or black to help identify if the glove has been punct

Vinyl Gloves

Vinyl gloves are a popular choice for the food industry and situations where high levels of durability and protection are less of a priority.  While they may be less durable, they are the less expensive option.

Attributes include:

  • Latex-free
  • Have a looser fit
  • Are good for short-term, low-risk tasks
  • Are the most economic option
  • Have anti-static properties
  • Are best for use with non-hazardous materials
  • Are lightly powdered to make it easier to put on

So, when it comes time to decide which type of protective glove is the right choice for you, the most important thing to consider is how much protection do you need?