What kind of gloves should I purchase for my laboratory?

The type of gloves appropriate for a laboratory activity depends on the type of chemical and the breakthrough times can be affected by a variety of characteristics including but not limited to:

  • Thickness of glove material.
  • Concentration of the chemical worked with.
  • Amount of chemical the glove comes in contact with.
  • Length of time which the glove is exposed to the chemical.
  • Temperature at which the work is done.
  • Possibility of abrasion or puncture.
  • The chemicals and other materials to be used.

Consult the Glove Selection Chart in Appendix C of the Laboratory Safety Manual to select the best type of gloves for your activity. If you have additional questions, contact EHS.

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