Protective gloves are not equally effective for every hazardous chemical. Some chemicals will "break through" the glove material in a very short time. Therefore, glove selection is based on the specific chemical utilized. General selection criteria are stated in the following documents:
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The performance of gloves depend on their thickness and conditions of manufacture, as well as their material of construction. It is best to consult the manufacturers' glove selection guides.
Michigan State University, Office of Radiation, Chemical & Biological Safety.
Selection and Usage of Chemically-Resistant Gloves - An outstanding resource. Guidelines. Definitions. Browse glove information by company (Ansell, Best, MAPA & North). Browse glove information by chemical (287).
The Office of Radiation, Chemical & Biological Safety (ORCBS) at MSU
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Guide for Evaluating the Performance of Chemical Protective Clothing 90-109 - is available on the NIOSH web site at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/90-109.html.
(NIOSH publications dating from 1979 to the present may be searched at the following link: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/publistb.html. The only way available to obtain some older, but still useful publications, which are out of print.)
Oklahoma State University, Department of Environmental Health & Safety.
Chemical Guide and Permeation Tables - Extensive guide for 382 chemicals against six glove materials. Can be viewed as a single html file, three smaller html files, or downloaded as an MS Excel 4.0 spreadsheet.
University of Maryland, Environmental S@fety.
Glove Chemical Resistance Guide - A specific version of the table above, with 96 pure chemicals matched against five glove materials.
Ansell-Edmont - Ansell Industrial, 1300 Walnut St., Coshocton, OH 43812.
From the AnsellPro.com Home Page link to the Chemical Resistance Guide: Permeation and Degradation Data, a .pdf file, or, SpecWare, Ansell's interactive chemical resistance and glove recommendations guide to nearly 200 industrial chemicals and mixtures. Links to toxicology information, for thousands of chemicals from the National Library of Medicine database, is also provided.
Best Manufacturing Company - 579 Edison Street, Menlo, GA 30731.
Comprehensive Guide to Chemical-Resistant Best® Gloves - Software package with a 200-plus chemical database is free for downloading. It will help you determine which of the 21 chemical-resistant glove materials, in varying thicknesses, to use for specific applications. These range from where contact with the chemical is brief or intermittent, to worst-possible-case situations, such as total immersion (a decidedly imprudent procedure). Supports Windows 3.1, 3.11, 95, or NT.
This information is also available in html format at ChemREST, where you can search by chemical name, CAS number, and chemical class.
Lab Safety Supply - PO Box 1368, Janesville, WI 53547.
Chemical Protective Gloves, EZ Facts Document 191 - Provides general information about OSHA regulations, selection factors and criteria, and types of glove materials. For specific information you can e-mail technical support, , or consult the chemical compatibility chart contained in their hard copy catalog.
Find and html version of the fact sheet at: http://www.labsafety.com/refinfo/ezfacts/ezf191.htm.
MAPA Professional - 85 85 Innsbruck Drive, Buffalo, NY 14227.
Permeation, Degradation and Breakthrough Rates - for 111 chemicals against 5 polymeric materials, inclluding their Stansolv® Nitrile and StanzoilÆ Neoprene gloves.
Safeskin Corporation - 12671 High Bluff Drive, San Diego, CA 92130.
Chemical Resistance & Barrier Guide - ratings for Nitrile, and Natural rubber gloves against ~150 chemicals and a dozen mixtures. This page is part of the University of Maryland, Environmental Safety site. The table provides guidance based on published research data, not actual tests on the Safeskin gloves.
Safety 4, Inc. - 9765 Widmer, Bldg. 5, Lenexa, KS 66215.
Only one glove type, the 4H gloves are a 5-layer laminate of PE and EVOH, 2.7 mil thick in seven sizes. The Chemical Protection Guide helps determine if the 4H glove is appropriate for handling nearly 200 individual hazardous chemicals, and some 100 well-characterized mixtures, at two temperatures.