26 Mar

Gloves for Law Enforcement

Does your police supply include medical grade gloves?  Every day law enforcement professionals have the potential to encounter blood and body fluid born pathogens.  Medical grade gloves have the certification to protect against the dangers posed by exposure to possible infectious agents present at a crime scene.  Gloves used in law enforcement and evidence handling should meet the ASTM and FDA standards for:

Water leaks – pinholes not visible to the eye

Viral penetration – protection from microorganisms passing through the glove

Tensile Strength  – maximum force applied before breaking

Elongation  – maximum stretch before breaking

Certified gloves will also have an expiration date.  Gloves age with time due to oxidation and UV degradation. Gloves should be stored in a cool dry place.  Check the date of manufacture on the gloves.  It is not recommended to use gloves more than 5 years old as they may break or tear at a critical time. Make sure the gloves supplied to you meet or exceed ASTM D6319 for medical exam gloves.

Palm Thickness (mils):  min. 2.0

Finger Thickness (mils):  min. 2.0

Tensile Strength:
Before Aging (MPa):  min. 14
After Aging (MPa):  min. 14
Elasticity/Elongation:
Before Aging (%):  min. 500
After Aging (%):  min. 400

Robin Prymula