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PPE Material Guide

Resistance to Common Chemicals - Excellent, G=Good, F=Fair, Poor

Chemical

Natural Rubber

Neoprene

Nitrile

Vinyl

Acetaldehyde

G

G

Excellent

G

Acetic acid

Excellent

Excellent

Excellent

Excellent

Acetone

G

G

G

F

Acrylonitrile

Poor

G

-

F

Ammonium hydroxide

G

Excellent

Excellent

Excellent

Aniline

F

G

Excellent

G

Benzaldehyde

F

F

Excellent

G

Benzene

Poor

F

G

F

Benzyl chloride

F

Poor

G

Poor

Bromine

G

G

-

G

Butane

Poor

Excellent

-

Poor

Calcium hypochlorite

Poor

G

G

G

Carbon disulfide

Poor

Poor

G

F

Carbon tetrachloride

Poor

F

G

F

Chlorine

G

G

-

G

Chloroscetone

F

Excellent

-

Poor

Chloroform

Poor

F

G

Poor

Chromic Acid

Poor

F

F

Excellent

Cyclohexane

F

Excellent

-

Poor

Dibenzylether

F

G

-

Poor

Dibutylphthalate

F

G

-

Poor

Diethanolamine

F

Excellent

-

Excellent

Diethyl ether

F

G

Excellent

Poor

Dimethyl sulfoxide

-

-

-

-

Ethyl acetate

F

G

G

F

Ethylene dichloride

Poor

F

G

Poor

Ethylene glycol

G

G

Excellent

Excellent

Ethylene trichloride

Poor

Poor

-

Poor

Flourine

G

G

-

G

Formaldehyde

G

Excellent

Excellent

Excellent

Formic acid

G

Excellent

Excellent

Excellent

Glycerol

G

G

Excellent

Excellent

Hexammne

Poor

Excellent

-

Poor

Hydrobromic acid (40%)

G

Excellent

-

Excellent

Hydrochloric acid (conc)

G

G

G

Excellent

Hydrofluoric acid (30%)

G

G

G

Excellent

Hydrogen peroxide

G

G

G

Excellent

Iodine

G

G

-

G

Methylamine

G

G

Excellent

Excellent

Methyl cellosolve

F

Excellent

-

Poor

Methyl chloride

Poor

Excellent

-

Poor

Methyl ethyl ketone

F

G

G

Poor

Methylene chloride

F

F

G

F

Monoethanolamine

F

Excellent

-

Excellent

Morpholine

F

Excellent

-

Excellent

Naphthalene

G

G

Excellent

G

Nitic acid (conc)

Poor

Poor

Poor

G

Perchloric acid

F

G

F

Excellent

Phenol

G

Excellent

-

Excellent

Phosphoric acid

G

Excellent

-

Excellent

Potassium hydroxide (sat)

G

G

G

Excellent

Propylene dichloride

Poor

F

-

Poor

Sodium hydroxide

G

G

G

Excellent

Sodium hypochlorite

G

Poor

F

G

Sulfuric acid (conc)

G

G

F

G

Toluene

Poor

F

G

F

Triichloroethylene

Poor

F

G

F

Tricresyl phosphale

Poor

F

-

F

Triethanolamine

F

Excellent

Excellent

Excellent

Trinitrotoluene

Poor

Excellent

-

Poor

Aromatic and halogenated hydrocarbons will attack all types of natural and synthetic glove materials.  Should swelling occur, the user should change to fresh gloves and allow the swollen gloves to dry and return to normal.  No data on the resistance to dimetyl sulfoxide of natural rubber, neoprene, nitrile rubber, or vinyl materials are available; the manufacturer of the substance recommends the use of butyl rubber gloves.

Adapted from Prudent Practices for Handling Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories, 1981.

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