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.
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.
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.
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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