Choosing the Right Gloves for the Job at Hand
It is always important to work safely in the lab. You must wear the correct protective equipment to keep yourself safe while working with chemicals.
Gloves deserve special mention because of the variety of gloves available. You need to ensure that you have chosen the safest glove with the highest protection factor for the chemicals you will be working with. There are many different types of gloves available and you must know which glove is the best one for the chemical/s you will be working with.
You can find this information on many MSDS sheets under “protective equipment”. However, if the MSDS sheet does not mention which glove is best for the job, check the web-links listed below to find the glove that is most resistant for the chemical/s you will be handling. Another choice would be to phone the manufacturer of the chemical and find out what they recommend while working with their product. Their contact number will be on the MSDS sheet.
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 to EDU-Labs gives good information regarding glove safety and they list over a dozen manuafacturers of gloves at the bottom of their page:
Cole Palmer’s site makes checking glove compatibilities easy. Just select the chemical and press the button below and a chart of gloves and their chemical compatibility will appear:
The Cole Palmer’s site gives you the name of the manufacturer and type of glove on their chart. Then click on the most compatible glove and the site will take you directly to the manufacturer’s site.They provide all the information you need to order the selected glove.
Below are more web-links to glove manufacturers.