The key factor in determining what glove material is best suited for a given application is the chemical being used. The glove manufacturers’ test data is generally from a laboratory environment and with one specific chemical. Glove manufacturers generally do not test chemical mixtures and don’t consider other variables, such as hot or cold temperatures and cut hazards. Chemical resistant gloves are critical to on the job safety and choosing the right gloves should be taken seriously.
So, OSHA recommends asking the following questions to determine what type of glove you may need:
- What type of chemicals are being handled?
- Is it for total immersion or only splashes?
- What is the duration of contact?
- Is it just the hand that needs protecting, or the forearm and arm as well?
- What kind of grip do you need?
Also, according to OSHA, chemical-resistant gloves are made with different kinds of rubber: natural, butyl, neoprene, nitrile and fluorocarbon (viton); or different types of plastic: polyvinyl chloride, polyvinyl alcohol, and polyethylene. These materials can be blended or laminated for better performance. OSHA notes that the thicker the glove material, the greater the chemical resistance. However, thick gloves may impair grip and handiness.
After you’ve determined the severity of the chemical you will be handling and the correct material to resist that chemical, consider some of the following options and see which ones best match up with your need.
Butyl Gloves, Natural (latex) rubber gloves, Neoprene gloves, and Nitrile gloves. They all have benefits and can be useful depending on the chemicals being handled.
We here at Safety Solutions and Supply are more than happy to help guide you toward the perfect chemical- resistant glove for your protection. For more information or if you have any questions give us a call today at 866-537-2262.
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314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860