The Danger of Phthalates for Exam Gloves


Phthalates are chemicals used in the product of PVC, which stands for polyvinyl chloride. Phthalates are used to give certain plastic products a stretchy property to it. Phthalates are used in the manufacturing of vinyl examination gloves. It is important for medical gloves to be flexible and have a soft feel so healthcare workers can properly go about their business. With the creation of PVC, the exam glove industry was able to produce quality synthetic gloves that are extremely cost-effective. Compared to latex or nitrile, vinyl remains the cheapest material due to lower raw material costs. Demand for cheap synthetic medical gloves skyrocketed due to increased pressure on hospitals to move to a latex-free environment and increased pressure to control costs. Vinyl synthetic gloves became the industry’s answer to the cheapest, latex-free synthetic glove.

There is no exam glove that is without health risk to everyone. Wearing gloves is not natural and there are many chemicals that are used to manufacture gloves. However, manufacturers are aware of this and have minimized the risks by using material that people will have minimal reactions. It’s the same with everything you purchase… there is always a risk. Most major glove have switched to alternative plasticizers in their synthetic gloves and banned the use of DEHP phthalates.

Phthalate poisoning is typically caused by ingestion of material that is composed of phthalates. In addition, tests have shown that infants are more likely to be victims of poisoning than adults. Knowing this, we can be smart about minimizing the risks of phthalates.

If you are still concerned, you can always convert to using nitrile exam gloves to eliminate possible phthalate poisoning caused by gloves. However, this is not cost effective for all facilities. Another approach is to substitute the vinyl exam gloves in areas catered to infants and children like NICUs and PICUs.

Vinyl synthetic exam gloves are still the cost effective approach for hospitals. Given today’s technology improvements in exam gloves, vinyl gloves provide comparable protection to latex gloves and can be used in most healthcare environments. Although the risks of phthalates are getting more attention in the media, this is primarily due to children being poisoned by swallowing pieces of plastic toys. Good education to healthcare workers can minimize risks associated with phthalate.


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Thomas D'Innocenzi is a highly accomplished, results-focused senior international executive with extensive experience in global sourcing and market development worldwide to meet evolving business needs. Tom has proven ability in implementing and managing profitable global sourcing operations worldwide. Extensive experience in international market development operations to accommodate rapid growth. Skilled in building top-performing teams, benchmarking performance, and restricting organizations to improve efficiency, productivity, and profitability. Experienced transition leader and change agent. As principal of Nova Advisors, LLC I’ve assembled an exemplary team that brings with them the knowledge and experience gained from starting up a Global Sourcing program with multiple Fortune 500 companies as well as the largest supplier network throughout the Asia-Pacific region. We have experience and expertise in more than a thousand medical and pharmaceutical products in manufacturing and sourcing at the best value. The right product, the right price point and the right branding fueled these successes that resulted in double-digit growth for top line sales and bottom line net margins for our customers. What sets us apart: • Our reach includes a large network of suppliers & manufacturers spanning 13 countries in Asia-Pacific region • We understand the manufacturing process and the business of the supplier and the buyer • Our company culture is based on quality assurance and our process is based on local quality control Our commitment is to be your partner offering the best products and services at the lowest cost. Contact me to discuss how we can make the global marketplace work for you. In addition, I am open to discussing opportunities in global sourcing, international marketing & sales, logistics and medical/pharma in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines & Japan. Aside from my work I enjoy piano, astronomy, physics, and assisting my daughters with their studies. SPECIALTIES: Global Sourcing, Supply Chain Management, Business Development, Marketing, Logistics, Global Networking, Market Development, Healthcare Solutions, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Technology, Asia, Southeast Asia, US and Canada
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