Glove quality testing involves various inspections. The pinhole leak test, which checks for barrier integrity, is one that determines whether gloves are suitable for medical applications. This is because even the smallest breach in the glove material permits wearers from exposure to pathogens. In this test, manufacturers fill the gloves with one liter of water, close the gloves at the cuff and hang the gloves upside down. Gloves that do not have leaks during the testing period are acceptable for medical applications.
One interesting fact aboutdisposable glove testing and AQL is manufacturers typically producemedical-grade and industrial-grade gloves on the same line. Althoughindustrial-grade gloves also pass standard quality testing by the manufacturer,they are not required to undergo FDA testing for medical purposes.
Thisis not to say industrial-grade gloves are not of safe quality, but it is simplya cost-efficient way for manufacturers to produce both types of gloves whileproviding the appropriate level of quality. Medical-grade gloves have higherAQL standards.