Glove Guide: Proper gloves for your chemicals

Legend: E=Excellent, G=Good, F=Fair, P=Poor

ChemicalNatural RubberNeopreneNitrileVinyl

AcetaldehydeGGEG
Acetic acidEEEE
AcetoneGGGF
AcrylonitrilePG--F
Ammonium hydroxide (sat.)GEEE
AnilineFGEG
BenzaldehydeFFEG
Benzene 1PFGF
Benzyl chloride 1FPGP
BromineGG--G
ButanePE--P
ButyraldehydePG--G
Calcium hypochloritePGGG
Carbon disulfidePPGF
Carbon tetrachloride 1PFGF
ChlorineGG--G
ChloroacetoneFE--P
ChloroformaPFGP
Chromic acidPFFE
CyclohexaneFE--P
Dibenzyl etherFG--P
Dibutyl phthalateFG--P
DiethanolamineFE--E
Diethyl etherFGEP
Dimethyl sulfoxide 2--------
Ethyl acetateFGGF
Ethylene dichloride 1PFGP
Ethylene glycolGGEE
Ethylene trichloride 1PP--P
FluorineGG--G
FormaldehydeGEEE
Formic acidGEEE
GlycerolGGEE
HexanePE--P
Hydrobromic acid (40%)GE--E
Hydrochloric acid (conc.)GGGE
Hydrofluoric acid (30%)GGGE
Hydrogen peroxideGGGE
IodineGG--G
MethylamineGGEE
Methyl cellosolveFE--P
Methyl chloride 1PE--P
Methyl ethyl ketoneFGGP
Methylene chloride 1FFGF
MonoethanolamineFE--E
MorpholineFE--E
Naphthalene 1GGEG
Nitric acid (conc.)PPPG
Perchloric acidFGFE
PhenolGE--E
Phosphoric acidGE--E
Potassium hydroxide (sat.)GGGE
Propylene dichloride 1PF--P
Sodium hydroxideGGGE
Sodium hypochloriteGPFG
Sulphuric acid (conc.)GGFG
Toluene 1PFGF
Trichloroethylene 1PFGF
Tricresyl phosphatePF--F
TriethanolamineFEEE
TrinitrotoluenePE--P

1 Aromatic and halogenated hydrocarbons will attack all types of natural and synthetic glove materials. Should swelling occur, the user should change to fresh gloves and allow the swollen gloves to dry and return to normal.

2 No data on the resistance to dimethyl sulfoxide of natural rubber, neoprene, nitrile rubber or vinyl materials are available; the manufacturer of the substance recommends the use of butyl rubber gloves.

Source: National Research Council, Prudent Practices for Handling Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories, National Academy Press, Washington, D.C., 1981, pp. 159-160. 

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