Hourglass International Statement on Ebola Preparedness and HandPRO® Glove Testing
We are committed to helping healthcare workers protect themselves from infectious diseases such as Ebola.
While there are no glove or PPE tests specific to Ebola virus disease, there are some established tests that demonstrate protection from viruses and blood-borne pathogens.
All HandPRO® Exam Gloves meet or exceed FDA and ASTM guidelines for disposable medical gloves.
HandPRO® Nitrile Exam Gloves specifically conform to ASTM D6319, Standard Specification for Nitrile Examination Gloves for Medical Application. This ASTM standard includes several tests that ensure the glove is suitable for rigorous medical use.
One of these tests is ASTM D5151, Standard Test Method for Detection of Holes in Medical Gloves, often referred to as the “watertight test.” The current FDA maximum acceptable quality level (AQL) allowable for examination gloves is 2.5%. HandPRO® Exam Gloves, however, are manufactured and tested to meet the more stringent AQL of 1.5% required for surgical gloves. This means higher quality and fewer pinholes.
Some of our nitrile exam gloves have undergone additional testing. Of particular interest in regard to protection from viruses is ASTM F1671, Standard Test Method for Resistance of Materials Used in Protective Clothing to Penetration by Blood-Borne Pathogens Using Phi-X174 Bacteriophage Penetration as a Test System. This is a pass or fail test, designed to demonstrate whether the material can protect a wearer from viruses transmitted via blood and body fluids, such as Hepatitis B and C and HIV. HandPRO® FreeStyle1100™ and RoyalTouch300 Nitrile Exam Gloves pass this test.
HandPRO® Exam Gloves with an
ASTM D5151 AQL of 1.5
HandPRO® Exam Gloves that pass
If you would like to request a sample pack of any of our gloves for evaluation, please fill out the sample request form on the associated product page using the links above. If you require sample boxes for a multi-user evaluation, or if you have questions, please contact us.