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Monday, August 10, 2015

Chemical Resistant Gloves

In lab safety training, we talk about the importance of wearing proper gloves when handling chemical materials, to ensure proper protection from those hazards.  I admit that it is sometime difficult to find a suitable glove for certain chemicals (chloroform, for instance.)  The best way to find a suitable glove is to go to the glove manufacturer’s web site and look for their compatibility charts for various chemicals.  Search under “Chemical Resistant Gloves Chart” and you will find many options.

Remember that in addition to a glove of the proper material, it is important to select a glove that fits you properly.  Gloves come in various sizes for a reason, and if a glove does not fit properly, you may be unlikely to use it.
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Also note that one manufacturer’s nitrile glove (for instance) is NOT necessarily suitable for the same chemicals as another manufacturer’s nitrile is.  Be sure when you order gloves, you are using THAT MANUFACTURER’S compatibility chart for your purchase.

If you have any questions about the suitability of a chemical resistant glove, feel free to contact me at markb2@andrew.cmu.edu.  And remember:  thin, disposable nitrile gloves are NOT typically suitable for anything but de minimus chemical exposures.