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Chemical Safety Programs

Glove Selection Guide

Summary: Consult the following chart for an overview of common chemical glove types, typical use and recommendations.
For more information on glove and PPE material resistance read the PPE resistance guide.  The following chart is for general reference only, for specific recommendations contact the glove manufacturer, MSDS or the EH&S office. 
Gloves Material Usage Comments Recommended
Not recommended
Latex Natural
Incidental contact Good for biological and water-based materials. Poor for organic solvents. Little chemical protection.

Can puncture holes

Can cause or trigger latex allergies
Weak Acids, Weak bases, alcohols, aqueous solutions Oils, greases and organics
Nitrile Synthetic Rubber Incidental contact Good for solvents, oils, greases, and some acids and bases. Clear indication of tears and breaks.

Good alternative for those with latex allergies
Oils, greases, acids, caustics, aliphatic solvents Aromatic solvents, many ketones, esters, many chlorinated solvents
Butyl Synthetic Rubber Extended contact Good for ketones and esters.  Poor for gasoline and aliphatic, aromatic, and halogenated hydrocarbons Aldehydes, ketones, esters, glycol ethers, polar organic solvents Aliphatic, aromatic and chlorinated solvents
Neoprene Synthetic Rubber Extended contact Good for acids, bases, alcohols, fuels, peroxides, hydrocarbons, and phenols.  Poor for halogenated and aromatic hydrocarbons Oxidizing acids, bases, alcohols, oils, fats, aniline, phenol, glycol ethers Chlorinated solvents
PVA Poly-Vinyl Alcohol Specific use Good for aromatic and chlorinated solvents.  Poor for water-based solutions  A wide range of aliphatic, aromatic and chlorinated solvents, ketones (except acetone), esters, ethers Acids, alcohols, bases, water
PVC Poly-Vinyl Chloride Specific use Good for acids, bases, oils, fats, peroxides, and amines. Good resistance to abrasions.

Poor for most organic solvents
Strong acids and bases, salts, other aqueous solutions, alcohols, glycol ethers Aliphatic, aromatic and chlorinated solvents, aldehydes, ketones, nitrocompunds
Viton Fluoro-
Extended use Good for chlorinated and aromatic solvents. Good resistance to cuts and abrasions.

Poor for ketones.
Aromatic, aliphatic and chlorinated solvents, and alcohols Some ketones, esters, amines
Silver Shield Laminate     Wide range of solvents, acids and bases  

For more PPE information, see PPE Selection chart.

More questions about glove selection?  Contact EH&S.

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