Selecting chemical resistant gloves

Gloves reduce the exposure of our hands to hazardous materials. No single material will protect against all chemicals, so glove selection must be made for each type of chemical. Latex gloves may provide adequate protection against dilute aqueous solutions, they however provide no protection against exposure to solvents.

The information below is intended as a guideline for selecting the appropriate protective glove. Manufacturers can supply specific information on the choice of glove for specific applications. Glove selection should be based on the following criteria:


Selection guide

This guide is for general reference only, for specific recommendations contact the glove manufacturer, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), or the Safety Office.

Gloves Material Chemical resistance
Recommended Not recommended
Latex Natural rubber Weak acids, weak bases, alcohols, aqueous solutions Oils, greases and organics
Butyl Synthetic rubber Aldehydes, ketones, esters, glycol ethers, polar organic solvents Alipathic, aromatic and chlorinated  solvents
Neoprene Synthetic rubber Oxidizing acids, bases, alcohols, oils, fats, aniline, phenol, glycol ethers Chlorinated solvents
Nitrile Synthetic rubber Oils, greases, acids, causatics, alipathic solvents Aromatic solvents, many ketones, esters and many chlorinated solvents
PVA Poly-vinyl alcochol A wide range of alipathics, aromatic and chlorinated solvents, ketones (except acetone), esters, and ethers Acids, alcohols, bases and water
PVC Poly-vinyl chloride Strong acids, and bases, salts, other aqueous solutions, alcohols, glycol ethers Alipathic, aromatic and chlorinated solvents, aldehydes, ketones, nitrocompounds
Vitron Fluoroelastimeter Aromatic, alipathic and chlorinated solvents, and alcohols Some ketones, esters and amines
Silver shield Laminate Wide range of solvents, acids and bases  

Some other information on chemical resistance of gloves and clothing: