Chemical Resistant Gloves
Chemical resistant gloves help provide hand and arm protection in many occupational health and safety and home applications. Chemical resistant gloves are used in specific applications, such as food or fuel-handling, household cleaning, working with utilities, harsh and hazardous materials, in medical facilities, and with cold or wet applications. Chemical resistant gloves help protect hands and arms from irritations and injuries caused by exposure, splash, or chemical substance spills. Chemical resistant gloves come in a variety of materials, thicknesses, sizes, lengths, colors, and styles. Chemical resistant glove materials include latex, leather, nitrile, goatskin, vinyl, neoprene, and other manufactured materials for a variety of applications. Nitrile chemical resistant gloves, for example, can provide protection from dirt and grease and are used for industrial, mechanical, and homeland security inspection purposes. Many chemical resistant gloves are waterproof or liquid-proof. Chemical resistant glove thickness is commonly measured in mil, or thousandths of an inch. As part of personal protection, chemical resistant gloves can provide flame, chemical, puncture, cut, or liquid resistance. Chemical resistant gloves may have coated fingertips or textured, coated non-slip surfaces on fingers and palms for securely handling and gripping instrumentation and devices. Chemical resistant gloves can have an inner coating of aloe, polymer, flock, or another substance to help ease skin irritation and provide comfort and ease of removal. Chemical resistant gloves may have a waterproof or breathable inner coating or lining for wet applications and also to provide comfort. Chemical resistant gloves can have a beaded cuff for strength, or an extended, lined, or gauntlet-style cuff to help protect wrists and forearms from splashes. Some applications may require chemical resistant gloves that have silicone, latex, or powder. Some applications may call for chemical resistant gloves that are free of silicone, latex, or powder. Chemical resistant gloves can be medical exam-grade and can also meet Federal Drug Administration (FDA) or American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards.