Vinyl gloves are a cheap choice of protection for workers. Due to their molecular structure, there are associated risks that limit their performance and affect barrier protection - in comparison to latex and nitrile gloves:
- Do not have comparable resistance to stretch and elongation
- Break easily
- More holes occur in vinyl gloves during routine use
- Higher permeation of bacteria and virus
- Poor resistance to many chemicals
- Less flexible and elastic and do not fit well
Studies have highlighted the greater permeability of vinyl gloves to bacteria and virus than natural rubber latex or nitrile gloves during use. Such permeability increases the risk of cross-contamination between products or patients and the worker wearing the gloves.