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Many times when you buy disposable gloves in bulk for your office or work place, the gloves can sit in the storage room for quite some time. How do you know that when you get around to using those gloves at the back of the shelf, they’ll still offer the same level of protection as when they were first manufactured and shipped. Keep reading to learn about some helpful guidelines that will help you know how long you can keep your disposable nitrile and latex gloves on the shelf.
While an exact shelf life time period is dependent on what specific material the gloves are made of and storage facilities, a general rule of thumb is three years for disposable natural latex gloves and up to five years for disposable nitrile gloves.
While most manufacturers won’t guarantee it, many disposable nitrile gloves have been known to last up to 10 years in storage without any obvious or significant damage. Keep in mind, however, that these shelf lives do not apply to gloves that are removed from the original packaging or have been exposed to moisture.
If you pull some gloves off the shelf and they look relatively “normal”, meaning, they can be stretched without visible surface cracks and can be donned without ripping or tearing, then they are probably still safe to use and will provide the appropriate level of protection that you need. Gloves that are unsafe to use will be pretty obvious. They will have become quite brittle, tearing very easily and will have a hardened exterior that cracks easily when stretched.
There are many tips to consider upholding when it comes to storing your disposable latex and nitrile gloves, which will help maximize the shelf life of your gloves.