Appendix C

Glove Selection Chart

The following table is provided as a guide to the different types of glove materials and the chemicals they can be used against. When selecting chemical resistance gloves, be sure to consult the manufacturer's recommendations, especially if the gloved hand will be immersed in the chemical.

Type Advantages Disadvantages Use Against
Natural rubber Low cost, good physical properties, dexterity Poor vs. oils, greases, organics. Frequently imported; may be poor quality Bases, alcohols, dilute water solutions;
fair vs. aldehydes, ketones.
Natural rubber blends Low cost, dexterity, better chemical resistance than natural rubber vs. some chemicals Physical properties
frequently inferior to
natural rubber
Same as natural rubber
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) Low cost, very good physical properties, medium cost, medium chemical resistance Plasticizers can be stripped; frequently imported may be poor quality Strong acids and bases, salts, other water solutions, alcohols
Neoprene Medium cost, medium chemical resistance, medium physical properties NA Oxidizing acids, anilines, phenol, glycol ethers
Nitrile Low cost, excellent physical properties, dexterity Poor vs. benzene, methylene chloride, trichloroethylene, many ketones Oils, greases, aliphatic chemicals, xylene, perchloroethylene, trichloroethane; fair vs. toluene
Butyl Speciality glove, polar organics Expensive, poor vs. hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents Glycol ethers, ketones, esters
Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) Specialty glove, resists a very broad range of organics,
good physical properties
Very expensive,
water sensitive,
poor vs. light alcohols
Aliphatics, aromatics, chlorinated solvents, ketones (except acetone), esters, ethers
Fluoro- elastomer (Viton) ™ * Specialty glove, organic solvents Extremely expensive, poor physical properties, poor vs. some ketones, esters, amines Aromatics, chlorinated solvents, also aliphatics and alcohols
Norfoil (Silver Shield) Excellent chemical resistance Poor fit, easily punctures, poor grip, stiff Use for Hazmat work

*Trademark of DuPont Dow Elastomers

Glove Type and Chemical Use
*Limited service VG= Very Good G= Good F=Fair P=Poor (not recommended)
Chemical Neoprene Natural Latex or Rubber Butyl Nitrile Latex
*Acetaldehyde VG G VG G
Acetic acid VG VG VG VG
*Acetone G VG VG P
Ammonium hydroxide VG VG VG VG
*Amyl acetate F P F P
Aniline G F F P
*Benzaldehyde F F G G
*Benzene F F F P
Butyl acetate G F F P
Butyl alcohol VG VG VG VG
Carbon disulfide F F F F
*Carbon tetrachloride F P P G
Caster oil F P F VG
*Chlorobenzene F P F P
*Chloroform G P P P
Chloronaphthalene F P F F
Chromic Acid (50%) F P F F
Citric acid (10%) VG VG VG VG
Cyclohexanol G F G VG
*Dibutyl phthalate G P G G
Diesel fuel G P P VG
Diisobutyl ketone P F G P
Dimethylformamide F F G G
Dioctyl phthalate G P F VG
Dioxane VG G G G
Epoxy resins, dry VG VG VG VG
*Ethyl acetate G F G F
Ethyl alcohol VG VG VG VG
Ethyl ether VG G VG G
*Ethylene dichloride F P F P
Ethylene glycol VG VG VG VG
Formaldehyde VG VG VG VG
Formic acid VG VG VG VG
Freon 11 G P F G
Freon 12 G P F G
Freon 21 G P F G
Freon 22 G P F G
*Furfural G G G G
Gasoline, leaded G P F VG
Gasoline, unleaded G P F VG
Glycerine VG VG VG VG
Hexane F P P G
Hydrochloric acid VG G G G
Hydrofluoric acid (48%) VG G G G
Hydrogen peroxide (30%) G G G G
Hydroquinone G G G F
Isooctane F P P VG
Isopropyl alcohol VG VG VG VG
Kerosene VG F F VG
Ketones G VG VG P
Lacquer thinners G F F P
Lactic acid (85%) VG VG VG VG
Lauric acid (36%) VG F VG VG
Lineoleic acid VG P F G
Linseed oil VG P F VG
Maleic acid VG VG VG VG
Methyl alcohol VG VG VG VG
Methylamine F F G G
Methyl bromide G F G F
*Methyl chloride P P P P
*Methyl ethyl ketone G G VG P
*Methyl isobutyl ketone F F VG P
Methyl methacrylate G G VG F
Monoethanolamine VG G VG VG
Morpholine VG VG VG G
Naphthalene G F F G
Naphthas, aliphatic VG F F VG
Naphthas, aromatic G P P G
*Nitric acid G F F F
Nitromethane (95.5%) F P F F
Nitropropane (95.5%) F P F F
Octyl alcohol VG VG VG VG
Oleic acid VG F G VG
Oxalic acid VG VG VG VG
Palmitic acid VG VG VG VG
Perchloric acid (60%) VG F G G
Perchloroethylene F P P G
Petroleum distillates (naphtha) G P P VG
Phenol VG F G F
Phosphoric acid VG G VG VG
Potassium hydroxide VG VG VG VG
Propyl acetate G F G F
Propyl alcohol VG VG VG VG
Propyl alcohol (iso) VG VG VG VG
Sodium hydroxide VG VG VG VG
Styrene P P P F
Stryene (100%) P P P F
Sulfuric acid G G G G
Tannic acid (65%) VG VG VG VG
Tetrahydrofuran P F F F
*Toluene F P P F
Toluene diisocyanate F G G F
*Trichloroethylene F F P G
Triethanolamine VG G G VG
Tung oil VG P F VG
Turpentine G F F VG
*Xylene P P P F