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Gloves - Tables of Properties and Resistances

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  2. General Glove Properties

    1. Glove CostGeneral Chemical ResistanceRecommended UsesDisadvantages
      Latex low decent for dilute inorganic solutions bases, alcohols, dilute water solutions, okay with aldehydes and ketones poor for most organics
      Polyvinyl Chloride low medium general resistance strong acids and bases, salts, alcohols, amines, peroxides, water solutions plasticizers my be stripped, poor for most organics
      Nitrile low some organics oils, greases, aliphatic chemicals, xylene, perchloroethylene, trichloroethane, toluene, some acids and bases, some biohazardous materials not good with many ketones, benzene, methylene chloride, and trichloroethane
      Neoprene medium medium general resistance oxidizing acids, peroxides, hydrocarbons, alcohol, anilines, phenol, glycol, ethers not good with many chlorinated solvents, esters, ketones, aromatics
      Viton extremely high organic solvents aromatics, chlorinated solvents, aliphatics and alcohols poor physical properties, not good with some ketones, esters and amines
      Butyl high polar organics glycol ethers, ketones, esters not good with hydrocarbons, halogenated solvents
      Polyvinyl Alcohol very high organics aliphatics, aromatics, chlorinated solvents, ketones, esters, ethers Not good with alcohols, acids, bases; glove is destroyed by water
      Silver Shield medium high general resistance hazmat poor fit, stiff, easily punctured
  3. General Glove Resistance

    1. Chemical Hazard LatexPolyvinyl ChlorideNitrileNeoprenePolyethlyleneVitonButylPolyvinyl Alcohol
      Dilute Acids + + + + + +
      Alcohols + + + + + + +
      Alkali + + + + + +
      Aromatics + +
      Chlorinated Hydrocarbons + + + +
      Epoxy Resins + + + + +
      Esters +
      Hydrocarbons + + + + +
      Ketones +
      Lacquer Thinners + + + + +
      Oils, Grease + + + + + +
      Petroleum Distillates + + + + +
      PCB's +
  4. Glove Suitability for Specific Cleanroom Chemicals

    1. Chemical Hazard LatexPolyvinyl ChlorideNitrileNeoprenePolyurethanePolyethlyleneViton (fluoroelastimer)ButylPolyvinyl AlcoholSilver Shield (norfoil)
      Acetic Acid G F F G F F G G P UNK
      Acetone F P F F G P P G P G
      Ammonium Fluoride, 30-79% G F G F F UNK UNK UNK UNK UNK
      Ammonium Hydroxide, < 30% G G G G F G UNK G UNK UNK
      Ammonium Hydroxide 30-70% G F G G F F UNK UNK P UNK
      Aqua Regia F F P G P UNK UNK UNK UNK UNK
      Chromic Acid P F F P P P G G P UNK
      Freon TMC F P F P UNK UNK UNK UNK G UNK
      Freon 113 or TF P F G G G UNK UNK UNK UNK UNK
      Hydrochloric Acid < 30% G F G G P F G G P UNK
      Hydrochloric Acid 30-70% G F F G P P UNK UNK P UNK
      Hydrofluoric Acid < 10% G F G F P F UNK UNK UNK UNK
      Hydrofluoric Acid < 50% F F F F P P UNK UNK P UNK
      Hydrogen Peroxide G G G F UNK G G G P UNK
      Isopropyl Alcohol (2-propanol, Isopropanol) G F G G G G G G UNK UNK
      Methyl Alcohol (Methanol) P P P P UNK UNK G G UNK UNK
      Methyl Ethyl Ketone F P P F G P P P F G
      Methyl Isobutyl Ketone P P P P G P UNK UNK UNK UNK
      N-Methyl-2-Pyrrolidone G F P UNK F UNK UNK UNK UNK UNK
      Nitric Acid < 30% G G F G P F G G UNK G
      Nitric Acid 30-70% P P P F P P G G P UNK
      Phosphoric Acid > 70% F G F G F F G G P UNK
      Potassium Hydroxide G G G G P F G G P UNK
      Propylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether Acetate G G G G UNK UNK G G UNK UNK
      Sulfuric Acid 30-70% G F P G P F G G P G
      Sulfuric Acid > 70% P P P F P P F F P UNK
      Xylenes P F F P G UNK G G UNK G
      G=GOOD F=FAIR P=POOR UNK=UNKNOWN
  5. Other Websites Containing Glove Suitability Information for Other Chemicals

    1. http://www.qrpgloves.com/pdfs/spread7.pdf
    2. http://www.safeskin.com/ChemResist/search.asp?o=1
    3. http://www.chemrest.com/domesticprep2/All%20Data%20Home%20Page.htm
    4. http://www.tasco-safety.com/workgloves/chem.html
    5. http://www2.fpm.wisc.edu/chemsafety/glove%20chemical%20resistance.pdf
    6. http://www.chemistry.ohio-state.edu/ehs/pdf/select.pdf
    7. http://ehs.sc.edu/gloves.htm
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