Protective gloves should be worn when handling hazardous, corrosive or irritating materials, rough or sharp-edged objects, and very hot or cold materials. When handling chemicals in a laboratory, disposable latex, vinyl or nitrile gloves are usually appropriate. These gloves will offer protection from incidental splashes or contact. Cloth gloves should be worn when handling rough or sharp-edged objects or very hot or cold materials. Before each use, gloves should be inspected for discoloration, punctures, and tears.
|Plastic, disposable (Polyethylene)||Body fluids and small amounts of aqueous solutions.||Loose-fitting. Latex and power free.|
|Latex (Natural Rubber)||Dilute acids, bases and irritating solutions. Not suitable for organic solvents.||Conforms to the hand and allows good finger dexterity. Be careful for latex sensitivities.|
|Neoprene (Synthetic Rubber)||Good for acids, bases, and most organic solvents.||More puncture resistant but may not provide good finger dexterity.|
|Nitrile||Best protection for acids, bases, and organic solvents. Great puncture resistance.||Best all around glove for chemistry and biology labs.|
|Vinyl (PVC)||Suitable for washing dishes and reasonable protection against corrosive materials. Not commonly found in laboratories.||Not suitable for organic solvents.|
|Cloth, cotton||Suitable for handling hot or cold items but they are not fire-proof.||Loose-fitting and only provides brief protection. Difficult to clean.|
|Silicone||Great for handling hot or cold items and are fire-resistant.||Best choice for handling hot materials in the lab. Hot vessel hand gripping devices are commonly made from silicone.|