What type of gloves protects your hands from hazardous chemicals?

Q: I’m a construction worker and I need to buy some PPE for my work, I’d like to know what type of gloves protects your hands from hazardous chemicals.

– Salom Jambeinge

A: When handling hazardous chemicals, it’s important to use gloves made from materials that provide appropriate resistance to the specific chemicals you’re working with. Here are some common types of gloves used for this purpose:

  1. Nitrile Gloves: Nitrile gloves are resistant to a wide range of chemicals, and are often used in laboratories, medical settings, and industries where workers handle hazardous substances. They’re also a good choice for people with latex allergies.
  2. Neoprene Gloves: Neoprene offers good protection against acids, alcohols, oils, and solvents. It’s also heat resistant.
  3. Latex Gloves: Latex gloves provide a strong barrier against biological and water-based materials. However, they’re not the best choice for most chemicals, and some people are allergic to latex.
  4. Vinyl Gloves: Vinyl gloves are less effective at protecting against hazardous chemicals, but can be used for handling non-hazardous materials or as a part of double-gloving strategies.
  5. Butyl Rubber Gloves: Butyl rubber gloves provide excellent resistance to a wide variety of chemicals, including peroxides, rocket fuels, highly corrosive acids (nitric acid, sulfuric acid, hydrofluoric acid, and red-fuming nitric acid), strong bases, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, esters, and nitro compounds.
  6. Viton Gloves: Viton is a brand of synthetic rubber and fluoropolymer elastomer that is resistant to a wide range of chemicals. They are often used in combination with other gloves for added protection.

It’s important to note that no one glove material will protect against all chemicals, and gloves should be selected based on the specific chemicals being handled. Always refer to the manufacturer’s chemical resistance guide or a safety data sheet (SDS) for the product to ensure the gloves you choose provide adequate protection. Also, remember that gloves can degrade over time and should be replaced regularly, and immediately if you notice any signs of wear or damage.

Have a question about personal safety equipment, work clothes, and the PPE industry? Anbu Safety writer Arlen Wang will find answers to the queries. to submit a question send an email to: info@anbusafety.com

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