Resistance of Chemicals to Common Glove Materials

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Department of Safety and Environmental Compliance

 

RESISTANCE TO CHEMICALS OF COMMON GLOVE MATERIALS

(e=excellent; g=good; f=fair; p=poor; ~ = not recommended)

CHEMICAL NATURAL
RUBBER
NEOPRENE NITRILE VINYL
Acetaldehyde G G E G
Acetic acid E E E E
Acetone G G G F
Acrylonitrile P G ~ F
Ammonium
hydroxide
(saturated)
G E E E
Aniline F G E G
Benzaldehyde F F E G
Benzene P F G F
Benzyl chloride F P G P
Bromine G G ~ G
Butane P E ~ P
Butyraldehyde P G ~ G
Calcium hypochlorite P G G G
Carbon disulfide P P G F
Carbon Tetrachloride P F G F
Chlorine G G ~ G
Chloroacetone E E ~ P
Chloroform P F G P
Chromic acid P F F P
Cyclohexane G E ~ P
Dibenzyl ether F G ~ P
Dibutyl phthalate F G ~ P
Diethanolamine F E ~ E
Diethyl ether F G E P
Dimethyl Sulfoxide** ~ ~ ~ ~
Ethyl acetate F G G F
Ethylene dichloride* P F G P
Ethylene glycol G G E E
Ethylene Trichloride P P ~ P
Fluorine G G ~ G
Formaldehyde G E E E
Formic acid G E E E
Glycerol G G E E

 

CHEMICAL NATURAL
RUBBER
NEOPRENE NITRILE VINYL
Hexane P E ~ P
Hydrobromic acid
(40%)
G E ~ E
Hydrochloric acid G G G E
Hydrofluoric acid G G G E
Hydrogen peroxide G G G E
Iodine G G ~ G
Methylamine G G E E
Methyl cellosolve F E ~ P
Methyl chloride P E ~ P
Methyl ethyl ketone F G G P
Methylene chloride* F F G F
Monoethanolamine F E ~ E
Morpholine F E ~ E
Naphthalene G G E G
Nitric acid P P P G
Perchloric acid F G F E
Phenol G E ~ E
Phosphoric acid G E ~ E
Potassium hydroxide
(saturated)
G G G E
Propylene dichloride P F ~ P
Sodium hydroxide G G G E
Sodium hypochlorite G P F G
Sulfuric acid
(concentrated)
G G F G
Toluene P F G F
Trichloroethylene P F G F
Tricresyl phosphate P F G F
Triethanolamine F E E E
Trinitrotoluene P E ~ P

 

* Aromatic and halogenated hydrocarbons will attack all types of natural and synthetic glove materials. Should swelling occur, the user should immediately change to fresh gloves.

 **No data on the resistance to Dimethyl Sulfoxide of natural rubber, neoprene, nitrile, rubber or vinyl materials are available. The manufacturers of Dimethyl Sulfoxide recommend the use of butyl rubber gloves.