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Glove Selection

Gloves are part of the basic personal protective equipment required for all faculty, staff and students working in ECU laboratories.

Because there are such a wide variety of procedures being done in the labs using a wide variety of chemicals, it would be impossible to identify a single glove that would fill the needs of every lab. Gloves must be selected on the basis of the material being handled and the particular hazard involved.

Take into account:

  • The degree of dexterity needed for the task.
  • The length of exposure to the chemical. (Some tasks may require only splash protection or include intermittent contact, while others may involve complete immersion or continual contact with the chemical.)
  • Chemical concentration and temperature. (The higher the concentration and temperature of a chemical, the shorter the breakthrough time.)
  • Physical hazards (cut or abrasion hazards.)

Choose your glove material based on the manufacturer's chemical resistance data. Call the glove manufacturer if you have specific questions about their gloves. The chemical resistance of a given glove material can vary from one manufacturer to another.

When selecting a glove the user must consider chemical resistance, thickness, and length of the glove, dexterity requirements, lining materials and comfort.

For mixtures and formulated products, a glove should be selected on the basis of the chemical component with the shortest breakthrough time (unless specific test data is available).

Environmental Health and Safety has a Glove Selection Chart that describes different types of gloves and their advantage, disadvantages and what materials and/or procedures they protect against.

Glove Selection Information
Permeation Chart (Oklahoma State)
Glove Materials Chart
Latex Allergy Information

Glove Manufacturers
Safe Skin
Ansell Gloves