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Phthalates - The New Danger for Exam Gloves?

The Controversy

Everyone agrees that certain phthalates, like DEHP, are harmful; however, what about the rest?  There are numerous other plasticizers like DINP, DIOP, DIBP, etc.  The list goes on and on.  Researchers have not reached a consensus that all phthalates should be treated the same way due to the lack of data.  In the past, DEHP was one of the most common plasticizers used to create polyvinyl chloride material since it is cheap.  Eventually, studies confirmed health risks associated with DEHP and manufactures shifted to alternative phthalate materials like DINP and DOP.  The health risks of alternative phthalates are still up in the air.

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