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What are chemical resistant gloves made of?
Jul 21, 2017

What are chemical resistant gloves made of?

There are many different types of chemical resistant gloves on the market. Typically, they 

are made of materials like latex, nitrile, PVC, neoprene, butyl — or even a combination of 

the above. Depending on the severity of the chemical hazard and the industry you’re working 

in, certain chemical-resistant gloves are more suitable than others.

That’s why it’s important to learn about the pros and cons of each of the different 

materials. Let’s take a look at the crucial distinctions between them.

1. Latex

latex gloves

Latex gets a bad rap. However, in reality, latex is beneficial for a variety of different 

applications, including laboratory use, food handling, chemical plants, janitorial work, 

agriculture, pharmaceutical and other industries.

2. PVC

PVC gloves

PVC is an excellent choice for many workplaces, since it resists several chemicals — 

including ammonium hydroxide, benzylic alcohol, boric acid, creosote, fluorides, silicates 

and diluted sulphuric acid. 

3. Nitrile

nitirle gloves

Nitrile gloves offer a broad range of protection against different hazards. It’s also 

advantageous since it doesn’t trigger latex allergies, and it resists punctures. And, if a 

puncture or break does happen to occur, Berkeley explains that it’s easier to spot it in a 

nitrile glove than in some other materials.

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