How  to Select a Coated Glove for Chemical Applications?

Article # 2502

Here's an effective process for selecting gloves for all liquid proof applications, including chemicals:

1. Identify the chemical or liquid that the glove provides protection against.

2. Determine degradation and permeation. Use the Chemical & Permeation Guide, which rates various coatings, to determine the degradation (i.e., how the liquid affects the integrity of the coating compound) and permeation (i.e., properties that might "wiggle" through and transmit to the worker).

3. Once the proper coating/film has been identified, the next step is to determine the requirements of the job being performed. In other words, identify a glove that will enable the worker to efficiently, effectively, and comfortably perform his job, while being adequately protected. For example, several coatings may provide the necessary liquid-proof protection, but one may be far superior in providing the necessary cut/puncture protection for a job application.

4. Next, consider such properties as lined vs. unlined, coated vs. unsupported, glove length, smooth vs. textured surfaces (for grip), gauge of coating/film, sizing vs. pattern, etc. Any or all of these properties could have a dramatic effect on worker safety, satisfaction, and productivity.

5. Finally, consider the price. The pricing of various brands and types should be evaluated to determine the best overall glove value per dollar.