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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:
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.