ASTM D7103 - 06(2013)

    Standard Guide for Assessment of Medical Gloves

    Active Standard ASTM D7103 | Developed by Subcommittee: D11.40

    Book of Standards Volume: 09.02


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 The standards under the jurisdiction of Committee D11.40 and other technical committees can be used individually or as part of an integrated protocol in the assessment and selection of medical gloves.

    4.2 The intended use of the standards is as a means by which information can be requested, generated, and reported in a consistent, comparable manner.

    4.3 The suggested assessments and test methods are recommended guidelines.

    4.4 Test methods offer procedures for assessing medical gloves at standardized conditions to allow comparison.

    4.5 The information on medical glove performance must be combined with professional judgment, and a clear understanding of the application, in order for the medical glove to provide the best performance.

    4.6 Medical gloves intended for use during emergency medical operations may be evaluated and their performance certified to NFPA 1999, Standard on Protective Clothing for Emergency Medical Operations. This certification program is voluntary.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide is intended to assist in the identification and application of the most appropriate ASTM and associated standards for the assessment, development of specifications, and selection of medical gloves with the ultimate goal of maintaining the safety and health of healthcare workers who may come into contact with biological and chemical hazards.

    1.2 No guidance document or assessment protocol can ensure the selection of medical gloves that guarantees healthcare worker protection. The purpose of testing and assessing medical gloves is to generate the performance data and quality information that will allow the most appropriate assessment and selection of medical gloves. Ultimately, the selection of medical gloves shall be based on the evaluation of available technical data, quality information, and professional assessment of risk.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard

    NFPA1999 Standard on Protective Clothing for Emergency Medical Operations Available from National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269-9101.

    ASTM Standards

    D412 Test Methods for Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers--Tension

    D573 Test Method for Rubber--Deterioration in an Air Oven

    D3577 Specification for Rubber Surgical Gloves

    D3578 Specification for Rubber Examination Gloves

    D3767 Practice for Rubber--Measurement of Dimensions

    D5151 Test Method for Detection of Holes in Medical Gloves

    D5250 Specification for Poly(vinyl chloride) Gloves for Medical Application

    D5712 Test Method for Analysis of Aqueous Extractable Protein in Natural Rubber and Its Products Using the Modified Lowry Method

    D6124 Test Method for Residual Powder on Medical Gloves

    D6319 Specification for Nitrile Examination Gloves for Medical Application

    D6499 Test Method for The Immunological Measurement of Antigenic Protein in Natural Rubber and its Products

    D6977 Specification for Polychloroprene Examination Gloves for Medical Application

    F739 Test Method for Permeation of Liquids and Gases through Protective Clothing Materials under Conditions of Continuous Contact

    F1342 Test Method for Protective Clothing Material Resistance to Puncture

    F1383 Test Method for Permeation of Liquids and Gases through Protective Clothing Materials under Conditions of Intermittent Contact

    F1671 Test Method for Resistance of Materials Used in Protective Clothing to Penetration by Blood-Borne Pathogens Using Phi-X174 Bacteriophage Penetration as a Test System

    American National Standards Institute/American Dental Association (ANSI/ADA) Standards

    AcceptanceProgramGui Infection Control Products Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036.

    SpecificationNo.102 Non-Sterile Nitrile Gloves for Dentistry

    SpecificationNo.103 Non-Sterile Poly(vinyl chloride) Gloves for Dentistry

    SpecificationNo.76 Non-Sterile Natural Rubber Latex Gloves for Dentistry

    International Standards Organization (ISO) Standard

    ISO2859 Sampling Procedures and Tables for Inspection by Attributes


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 11.140 (Hospital equipment)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 42132203(Medical exam or non surgical procedure gloves)


    DOI: 10.1520/D7103-06R13

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