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Chemical Health & Safety

Chemical Resistant Glove Guide

Source: "Industrial Safety & Health News", 9/97

Fabric: Natural rubber
Advantages: Low cost, good physical properties, dexterity
Disadvantages: Poor vs. oils, grease, organics. Frequently imported; may be poor quality
Uses: bases, alcohols, dilute water solutions; fair vs. aldehydes, ketones
   
Fabric: Natural rubber blends
Advantages: Low cost, dexterity, better chemical resistance than natural rubber vs. some chemicals
Disadvantages: Physical properties frequently inferior to natural rubber
Uses: Same as natural rubber
   
Fabric: Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
Advantages: Low cost, very good physical properties, medium chemical resistance
Disadvantages: Plasticizers can be stripped; frequently imported; may be poor quality
Uses: Strong acids and bases, salts, other water solutions, alcohols
   
Fabric: Neoprene
Advantages: Medium cost, medium chemical resistance, medium physical properties
Disadvantages: NA
Uses: Oxidizing acids, anilines, phenol, glycol, ethers
   
Fabric: Nitrile
Advantages: Low cost, excellent physical properties, dexterity
Disadvantages: Poor vs. benzene, methylene chloride, trichlorethylene, many ketones
Uses: Oils, greases, aliphatic chemicals, xylene, perchloroethylene, trichloroethane; fair vs. toluene
   
Fabric: Butyl
Advantages: Specialty glove, polar organics
Disadvantages: Expensive, poor vs. hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents
Uses: Glycol ethers, ketones, esters
   
Fabric: Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)
Advantages: Specialty glove, resists a very broad range of organics, good physical properties
Disadvantages: Very expensive, water sensitive, poor vs. light alcohols
Uses: Aliphatics, aromatics, chlorinated solvents, ketones (except acetone), esters, ethers
   
Fabric: Fluoroelastomer (Viton)
Advantages: Specialty glove, organic solvents
Disadvantages: Extremely expensive, poor physical properties, poor vs. some ketones, esters, amines
Uses: Aromatics, chlorinated solvents, also aliphatics and alcohols
   
Fabric: Norfoil (Silver Shield)
Advantages: Excellent Chemical resistance
Disadvantages: Poor fit, easily punctures, poor grip, stiff
Uses: Use for hazmat work


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