Neoprene is a safe latex alternative for those with Type IV skin allergies. Neoprene gloves are latex-free and used in a variety of industrial and life sciences applications. Ansell offers multiple latex-free alternatives to ensure the needs of each customer are met without exposure to latex.
Latex refers to the natural rubber latex manufactured from a milky fluid that is primarily obtained from the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis). An estimated 8-17% of occupational workers have a natural rubber latex allergy. Those allergic to latex proteins may have minor reactions such as skin rashes, but in some cases, those reactions could be life-threatening. Latex products, like latex gloves, could also lead to allergic reactions such as swelling, cracking, blisters, dryness, allergic contact dermatitis or erythema.
Protecting the hands of workers in life sciences and industrial work environments is vital, which is why we offer neoprene gloves to fill this need. Our neoprene gloves minimize the risk of a latex-induced allergic reaction while maintaining the strength, durability and chemical protection necessary to meet safety standards. They are formulated for extra sensitivity with flexibility and comfort.
In the table below you can see how neoprene compares to nitrile, which is another popular latex-free alternative.
Ansell has a solution for the allergy protection you need. We currently offer multiple neoprene gloves from MICROFLEX®,TouchNTuff® and AlphaTec®, all of which maximize comfort and performance without risk of allergy. Learn more about your non-latex options here.