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Thomas J. Bruno, Paris D. N. Svoronos, and Sonja G. Ringen

The following tables provide guidance in the selection of protective gloves for laboratory use (Refs. 1–6). If protection from more than one class of chemicals is required, double gloving should be considered. Table 1 covers general hand protection from scrapes, burns, ergonomic issues, cuts, and abrasions. Table 2 identifies specific glove materials and the chemicals and categories of chemicals they are resistant to. Table 3 identifies specific chemicals and characterizes how well specific glove materials provide protection against these chemicals. The ratings are abbreviated as follows: Very Good (VG); Good (G); Fair (F); Poor (P).  Gloves ranked poor are not recommended.  Chemicals marked with an asterisk (*) are for limited service. In selecting the appropriate protection, one should identify the hazard and whenever possible use engineering controls (e.g., drip controls on bottles, elimination of sharps, the use of ergonomically designed tools, etc.).


  1. Garrod, A. N., Martinez, M., and Pearson, J., Ann. Occup. Hyg. 43, 543, 1999. []
  2. Garrod, A. N., Phillips, A. M., and Pemberton, J. A., Ann. Occup. Hyg. 45, 55, 2001.
  3. Mockelsen, R. L., and Hall, R. C., Am. Ind. Hyg. Assoc. J. 48, 941, 1987. []
  4. OSHA, Federal Register, Vol. 59, No. 66, 29 CFR 1910, 16334-16364, 1994.
  5. Bruno, T. J., and Svoronos, P. D. N., CRC Handbook of Basic Tables for Chemical Analysis – Data-Driven Methods and Interpretation, Fourth Edition, CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, FL, 2021. []
  6. OSHA, Personal Protective Equipment, OSHA 3151-12R, 2004.

TABLE 1. General Hand Protection Selection Criteria

GloveApplication examples
CottonWeighing, glass handling (avoiding contamination with skin oils); note that these gloves can be used as a first layer when also using other gloves such as for chemical hazards
LeatherModerate hot or cold material handling; moving equipment
Gel-filled (anti-vibration)Operation of vibrating equipment
Kevlar or fine meshWork with sheet metal, glass, or heavy cutting; note that these will not protect against punctures
Chemical resistantSee Table 2 below for specifics
Insulated for heatFurnace work; handling hot glass or metal
Insulated for coldCryogenic work, filling Dewars, replenishing NMR magnets, etc.

TABLE 2. Hand Protection for Chemical Hazards

Glove materialResistant to
VitonPCBs, chlorinated solvents, aromatic solvents
Viton/ButylAcetone, toluene, aromatics, aliphatic hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, ketones, amines, and aldehydes
SilverShield and 4H (PE/EVAL)Morpholine, vinyl chloride, acetone, ethyl ether, many toxic solvents and caustics
BarrierWide range of chlorinated solvents, aromatic acids
PVAKetones, aromatics, chlorinated solvents, xylene, MIBK, trichloroethylene; DO NOT USE WITH WATER/AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS
ButylAldehydes, ketones, esters, alcohols, most inorganic acids, caustics, dioxane
NeopreneOils, grease, petroleum-based solvents, detergents, acids, caustics, alcohols, solvents
PVCAcids, caustics, solvents, solvents, grease, oils
NitrileOils, fats, acids, caustics, alcohols
LatexBody fluids, blood, acids, alcohols, alkalis
VinylBody fluids, blood, acids, alcohols, alkalis
RubberOrganic acids, some mineral acids, caustics, alcohols; NOT RECOMMENDED FOR AROMATIC SOLVENTS, CHLORINATED SOLVENTS

TABLE 3. Chemical Resistance Selection for Protective Gloves

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Acetic acidVGVGVGVG
Ammonium hydroxideVGVGVGVG
Amyl acetateFPFP
Butyl acetateGFFP
Butyl alcoholVGVGVGVG
Carbon disulfideFFFF
Carbon tetrachloride*FPPG
Castor oilFPFVG
Chromic acid (50%)FPFF
Citric acid (10%)VGVGVGVG

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