Chemical-Resistant Gloves Facts

Chemical-Resistant Gloves

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.