One of the most common materials used to make disposable gloves is nitrile. Nitrile compounds contain the CN- (cyano) functional group. Nitrile gloves are available in many colors, though the most common colors are purple and blue. There are a couple of interesting facts about these gloves:
- You either want to avoid using nitrile gloves when working with red fuming nitric acid or else use extreme caution. Nitrile and nitric acid may react to spontaneous combust, causing severe burns. Good to know, right?
- Nitrile gloves come in a variety of thicknesses, but the thin gloves are highly sought for work where you need to retain sensitivity for detail work. You might think this would make nitrile gloves a perfect choice for criminals. As it turns out, the gloves are sufficiently thin that they may produce “glove prints”, which are an impression of your fingerprints through the thin polymer. Are you wearing gloves to avoid leaving prints at the scene of a crime? You might want to avoid nitrile. Hopefully that isn’t applicable to you, but it’s an interesting fact.