Chemical-resistant gloves facts
- Chemical-resistant gloves are not totally “chemical-proof”
- Solvents will eventually penetrate the gloves over time.
- If it is made of the correct material, thicker the glove, the more resistant it is to solvents.
- Solvents will also break down (swell, crack or weaken) the glove material over time.
- No single glove material will protect against all solvents.
- You must select gloves according to the type of solvent.
- Good chemical gloves are made of Viton®, butyl, nitrile, neoprene, PVC or a combination of these.
Using chemical-resistant gloves
- You should know what solvent you are handling and how long the gloves will keep the chemical out.
- Throw away gloves whenever degradation is visible or you know chemicals have leaked inside.
- When handling highly toxic solvents, two layers of chemical-resistant gloves can provide additional protection.