Index > Hand Protection and Glove Selection

Appropriate hand protection must be worn when hands are exposed to hazards such as skin absorption of harmful substances, severe cuts, lacerations or abrasions, punctures, chemical or thermal burns, and harmful temperature extremes.

Chemically Resistant Glove Selection
When selecting gloves it is important to understand that all gloves are permeable at different rates. Some chemicals will permeate or breakthrough a particular glove type within seconds while other chemicals may take hours to permeate the glove. One glove type does NOT offer universal protection. The typical laboratory will require several different types of gloves (i.e., nitrile, neoprene, PVA, vinyl, natural rubber, Silver Shield, etc.) to adequately protect against all of the chemicals in use. Therefore, each person is responsible for ensuring that the glove selected will adequately protect against the particular chemical being used. To assist each user in proper glove selection EHS has provided a number of resources, including Manufacturer Glove Selection Charts, in the column located to the right of this paragraph.

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Last Updated on 07/11/2005