It is important that you make sure you are using the correct/safest gloves for the work you performing. There are many different types of gloves available and you must know which glove is the best one for the chemical(s) you are working with or the equipment you will be using (i.e. cut resistant – razors, heat resistant – furnances).
You can find this information on many SDS sheets Section 8: Exposure Controls/Personal Protection. However, if the SDS sheet does not mention which glove is best for the job, check the web-link listed below to find the glove that is most resistant for the chemical(s) you will be handling. You can always contact the manufacturer directly using their contact information listed on the SDS sheet. Make sure the glove is compatible with ALL the chemicals you are using in a procedure.
Here is a list of points regarding proper glove use:
- Gloves are tested under controlled laboratory conditions with one chemical at a specific temperature
- All gloves will become permeable and degrade over time
- Chemical resistance varies depending upon the glove material and thickness
- Chemicals can permeate the glove depending upon the chemical’s concentration, temperature, and mixtures with other chemicals
- Before starting your work, always check your gloves for cracks, tears, deterioration or discoloration. Continue to inspect the gloves throughout the experiment
- Always wash your hands and the gloves when you remove them. Do not reuse disposable gloves
- Always remove gloves before you leave the lab. Never wear your gloves outside of the lab
The following link lists the combability of various gloves with a range of chemicals.