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Hand Protection / Reference Guide

PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

Disclaimer

The material on this section is only intended to provide an overview of the chemical protective gloves categories. When selecting a glove, the user must consider that the chemical resistance of a given glove material can vary from one manufacturer to another based on the material thickness. Gloves material must be selected based on the manufacturer’s chemical resistance data (glove selection/compatibility chart).

HAZARD                
  TYPE OF GLOVE
Light Duty Cotton, Leather or Kevlar (moving boxes etc)
Medium Duty Leather or Kevlar (wood, small pieces of roughed glass, etc)
Heavy Duty Kevlar (exposure to sharp or jagged metal, glass, box cutters, etc)
High Temperature Insulating Gloves
Low Temperature Insulating Gloves
Cryogenics Cryogenic Gloves (must extend above wrist and not have elastic)
Electrical Use appropriate PPE for high voltage maintenance prescribed through your electrical safety training. See Electrical Protection.
Chemical Choose the appropriate number from the matrix below for your hazard/frequency condition. The corresponding recommendations to the matrix numbers are listed below the chart. Then, consult the Chemical Protective Glove Selection Guide .

 

   
Chemical Hazard Class Frequency of Use
No UsePeriodic UseRoutine Use
Low hazard chemicals111
Moderate hazard chemicals223
High hazard chemicals334

MATRIX NUMBER:

1. Use glove which provides dexterity (choice of material is no important)
2. Use glove which provides dexterity needed (consider permeation and degradation rating of glove against chemical). Gloves rated "r" are minimally acceptable
3. Use glove effectiveness against chemical as primary consideration. Gloves which are rated as R for 8 hours are minimally acceptable.
4. Use glove effectiveness against chemical as primary consideration. Gloves which are rated as RR for 8 hours are minimally acceptable. Seek methods to reduce chemical contact time with glove. Never immerse gloves in chemical baths - Gloves should be used to provide splash protection only to the greatest extent possible. See chemical Protective Glove Selection Guide below.

CHEMICAL PROTECTIVE GLOVE SELECTION GUIDE

RECOMMENDATION KEY

Letters R & N
The letter R represents good chemical resistance, while the letter N represents poor chemical resistance.

Letter Case
Upper case letters indicate consensus and a relatively large amount of information and lower case denote a relatively small amount of information or inconsistencies.

Number of Letters
Double characters indicate test data in support of the recommendation. Single letters show no test data in support of the recommendation.

                                        
PROTECTIVE MATERIAL
CHEMICAL HAZARDButylCPEViton/ Neo- preneNatural RubberNeo- preneNeo- prene + PVCNitrilePEPVCViton Butyl/ Neo- prene
AcetaldehydeRRNN NNNNNNNNNNNNNN
Acetic AcidRRRnnRRnnRRnnNNRR
Acetic AnhydrideRRRRNNnn NN n
AcetoneRRNNNNNNnnNNNNNNNN
AcetonitrileRRRRnnNNNN NNNNNNRRRR
Acrylic Acidr n
Acrylonitrile nnnNrnnNNNn
Ammonium HydroxideRr RRRRNNRRNNNNr
Amyl AlcoholRR rNNRRNNnnnnNNRRr
Aniline/BenzamineRR rRRNNNNNNnnNNNNNNRR
BenzaldehydeRRnnnnnnnnnNNNRRr
BenzeneNNnnRRNNNNNNNNNNNNnnRR
Benzoyl ChlorideRR n r nn NNnnn
Butanol/Butyl AlcoholRr nnRRnnRRRRnnr
Butoxyethanol (EGBE) r NN RR n
Butyraldehydenn nR nnrr Rnnr
Carbon DisulfideNNNN NNnNNNNNRR
Carbon TetrachlorideNnnrNNNNNNNNNNNRRn
Chloroacetoner nnRn Nr
ChloroformNNNrNNNNnNNNNNNRRn
Chromic AcidnrNNNRRNRRRRr
CumeneRRr n
Cyclohexane RRnn nn nnnn
CyclohexanolnrrNNNNnnRRRRRRRRr
CyclohexanoneRRnn nn nnnn
Dibenzyl Etherr n NRrr Rr
Dichlorobenzenennn n
DiethanolamineRR nRRnnn rRR
DiethylamineSilver Shield Glove = RR
Dimethyl Formamide (DMF) RR nnNNnNNnnNNN
Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) RRRRRRRRnnRRNN
Dioctyl Phthalate (DOP) nrnn NNnn
Dioxane RRrNNNNnNNNNNNNN
EpichlorohydrinRRnNNnn nnNNNNnnnn
EthanolamineRRrnRRRRRRRRRRRRnn
Ethoxyethanol (EGEE) RR rNNNN NNNN n
Ethyl AcetateRRnnnNNNNnnNNNNnnnn
Ethyl EtherPolyvinyl Alcohol (Cannot be use in processes involving water)

                                                
PROTECTIVE MATERIAL
CHEMICAL HAZARDButylCPEViton/ Neo- preneNatural RubberNeo- preneNeo- prene + PVCNitrilePEPVC VitonButyl/ Neo- prene
Ethylene DichloridennnnrNNNNnNNNNNNRRn
Ethylene Oxide Gasrr n NN nn
Ethylene GlycolRrrRRRR RRRRRRnnrr
FormaldehydeRRRRrNNNNnnNNRRNNRRr
Formic AcidRr RRRrNNRn
FurfuralRRrnNNNNnnNNNNN RRr
GlutaraldehydeRR RR RRRR
Heptane NNnnRRRRRRNNRR
HexaneNNRRNNNNNNNNNNNNRR
Hydrazine RR nrRRRR RRn
Hydrobromic Acidr rRr R
Hydrochloric AcidnnRRRRRRRRRRRRNNRRRR
Hydrofluoric AcidnnrRR NNnnRRNNRRRR
Mercury r r r r
Methyl CellosolveRR nRrnn R
Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)RRnnNNNNNNNN NNNNNNNNNN
Methyl Iodidenn NNNN NNNN RR
Methyl MethacrylatePolyvinyl Alcohol (Cannot be use in processes involving water)
Methylene ChlorideNNnnrNNNN nnNNNNNNnnn
MorpholineRR nnNrNN nRR
Nitric AcidnRRRRnRRnnnRRNNRRRR
NitrobenzeneRRRR NNNNnNN N RR
Nitrotoluene       r r
PCBnnn NNRR NNnRR
Pentachlorophenol NN RR RR
Perchloric Acidr r NRRRRRRRRRRrr
Perchloroethylene/
Tetrachloroethylene
NNRRrNNNNNNnnNNNNRRn
Phenol/Carbolic AcidRnn NNnnnNNRRNNn
Phosphoric Acid r RRRRRRRRRRRR
Potassium Hydroxider RRrRRn
Propyl Alcoholr rnnRRNNRRNNnnrr
Propylene OxideRR nNNnnnNNnNNn
Sodium HydroxidenRR RRRRRRRRR
Sodium Hypochlorite
(30-70%)
RRRRRRRR RR
StyrenenRRr NNNNNNNNNNNNrn
Sulfuric AcidnRRRRNRRnnnRRNNRRRR
Tannic AcidRr RRRRRRRRRr
1, 1, 2, 2 Tetrachloroethanennn NNNN nnNNNNRR
Tetrahydrofuran (THF)Teflon = RR, all others NN or n
TolueneNNrRRNNNNnnNNNNNNNN
ToluidineTeflon = RR
1, 1, 2 Trichloroethanenn NNNN NNNNNNRR
Triisooctyl Phosphate r r
Triethanolamine RRn nn RRNNRRn
Trinitrotoluenen NN r R
Vinyl ChloridenRR NNnRR
XylenennrNNNNNNNNNNNNRRn
  
Internet Glove
Selection Resources:
CPE = chlorinated PolyethylenePE = PolyethylenePVC = Polyvinyl Chloride

The information here has been selected from the third edition of 'Guidelines for the Selection of Chemical Protective Clothing' published by the American Conference of Governmental and Industrial Hygienists, Inc in February 1987.

 

For additional information on gloves for chemical protection contact 515-6862.