Chemical-resistant gloves are made of a variety of materials, some are disposable and some are reusable.
Selecting the wrong glove material could allow chemicals to pass through onto your skin. This is a potentially serious situation.
Select your gloves on the basis of their resistance to the material(s) you are handling. Some may provide superior protection but limit your dexterity or tear easily. See the glove chart below.
Use disposable gloves when
Don't use disposable gloves when
Use reusable, durable gloves when
When you're done with durable gloves
Carefully dispose of gloves exposed to chemicals. Pinch the wrist of one glove with the other and turn it inside out when removing it. Slip your ungloved finger under the edge of the other glove to do the same. Place both gloves in a plastic bag, seal it and dispose of it in the trash.
Thoroughly wash your hands after working with hazardous chemicals and removing protective gloves.
Contact your physician for advice if you develop rashes or other discomfort. Some people have allergic reactions to latex or the glove powder. Exposure to latex can cause occupational asthma in some people. It can also worsen preexisting symptoms for those already suffering from asthma. Some people wear thin cotton liner gloves under plastic gloves for comfort.
The chart below summarizes glove compatibility data from glove suppliers and governmental sites. The ratings are based on the permeation rate of the chemicals. Chemicals can often permeate through a glove without causing a visible change. Other factors to consider are the chemicals you use and how and where you will use them.
Art products that may contain this hazardous solvent
Occasional chemical contact(disposable or durable)
Extended contact or immersion (durable - >10 mil thick)
|Acetone||Aerosol adhesives and fixatives||Latex (double glove) or butyl||Butyl|
|Citrus solvent||Brush cleaner||Nitrile||Nitrile|
|Cyclohexane||Aerosol adhesives and fixatives||Nitrile||Nitrile|
|Ethyl acetate||Aerosol adhesives and fixatives||Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)||PVA or butyl|
|Ethyl alcohol (Ethanol)||Aerosol adhesives and fixatives||Nitrile||Nitrile|
|Heptane||Aerosol adhesives and fixatives, rubber cement||Nitrile (double glove)||Nitrile or polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)|
|Hexane||Aerosol adhesives and fixatives, rubber cement||Nitrile (double glove)||Nitrile or PVA|
Isopropyl alcohol (Isopropanol)
|Aerosol adhesives and fixatives||Nitrile||Nitrile|
|Kerosene||Brush cleaner||Nitrile or Neoprene||Nitrile|
|Methyl alcohol (Methanol)||Aerosol adhesives and fixatives||Nitrile (double glove)||Butyl|
|Methylene chloride||Paint stripper||Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)||PVA|
|Methyl ethyl ketone||Aerosol adhesives and fixatives||Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)||PVA|
|Mineral spirits||Brush cleaner and paint thinner, aerosol adhesives and fixatives||Nitrile||Nitrile|
|Naphtha, VM&P||Brush cleaner and paint thinner, aerosol adhesives and fixatives||Nitrile||Nitrile|
|Toluene||Aerosol adhesives and fixatives||Nitrile (double glove)||Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)|
|Turpentine||Brush cleaner and thinner||Nitrile (double glove)||PVA|
|Xylene||Aerosol adhesives and fixatives||Nitrile (double glove)||PVA|
Note: These are general recommendations. Contact the technical service department of the glove manufacturer for reliable advice.