Cleanroom Gloves for Class 10, Class 100, and Class 1000 Controlled Environments
Cleanroom gloves are manufactured with materials such as nitrile, natural rubber, and synthetic materials such as neoprene and polyisoprene. Gloves designed for cleanroom use are engineered to produce minimal pollution and particle generation. Learn More
Features and benefits:
- Powder-free surface
- Highly puncture resistant
- Bagged and cleanroom packaged
- Cleanroom processed and washed
- Minimal pollution and particle generation
Our selection of gloves for controlled environments include options for maintaining compliance with USP, IEST, and ASTM standards. We also offer a variety of gloves compatible with ultra-critical cleanrooms including Class 10 / ISO 4 – Class 100 / ISO 5 cleanrooms.
Gloves for a Variety of High-Tech Industries
Clean room gloves are used for a variety of applications and industries including medical, pharmaceutical, laboratory, life science, small-parts manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, electronics, and clean manufacturing. Even certain applications within the same cleanroom may require a specific glove.
Various controlled environments carry specific requirements for gloves. Sterile cleanrooms will likely have to follow USP797/UPS800 guidelines which require ASTM chemo-rated gloves and sometimes Sterile Gloves. Different classes of cleanrooms also have their own recommendations for gloves. Higher level cleanrooms such as ISO 3, 4 & 5 (formerly Class 1, 10, and 100) would likely need the gloves to be specifically designated for use those environments.
What Makes a Glove Suitable for Use in a Cleanroom?
The main purpose of a cleanroom glove is to provide a barrier for the cleanroom worker and to protect the environment from the cleanroom worker. It is the finest details in the manufacturing process that make a glove suitable for cleanroom use. Similar to medical exam gloves, cleanroom gloves should be chemical-resistant, powder-free surface, highly puncture resistant. It is the following features that truly make a glove suitable for cleanroom applications.
Additional processing such as washing, rinsing, and sometimes chlorination is preformed to regulate particle release and NVR (non-volatile residue). Gloves can go through multiple washing cycles to reach higher levels of cleanliness. The gloves are typically washed in DI (deionized) water in cleanroom equipment, all within a controlled environment.
Gloves approved for higher level cleanroom will be bagged and not boxed. This is because when a glove is pulled from a cardboard box, it’s likely to release particulate into the environment.
It is important to remember that gloves for use in cleanrooms should be selected based on your specific application and environment.
Comparing Glove Materials and Their Benefits
Nitrile Clean Room Gloves can be engineered and combined with on material to meet unique demands. They are typically stronger and have better chemical resistance than latex. These gloves also contain no natural rubber latex which is good news for users with skin allergies suffering from irritation and dryness caused by latex.
Latex Clean Room Gloves (natural rubber) offer a variety of unique benefit including: Superior comfort and fit, eco-friendly profile, and consistent protection against infection and contamination.
Synthetic Materials (Neoprene and Polyisoprene) - These materials are soft, pliable and like nitrile, they can be engineered to meet specific requirements with unique characteristics. They are specifically popular because they can be made for protection against Type 1 allergies such as latex and even nitrile sensitivities. They are also very strong and hold their form, making them a good ergonomic glove for all day comfort.