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Wearing gloves in a lab should be second nature to both employees and students.  What you may not know:  not all gloves are created equal.  What may be suitable for one application may offer no protection in another.  It is important that you are aware of glove guidelines with the chemicals you work with in your lab.  If ever in doubt, look to the MSDS sheet under the personal protection section and it will list appropriate glove selection.  If you need a MSDS please visit the following link:

http://www.ehs.iupui.edu/material-safety-data.asp

With allergies becoming more commonplace in the lab it is important to remember that latex is a common allergy among people.  Nitrile gloves are more appropriate in the laboratory because they eliminate the potential to develop an allergy to latex due to their use. They are also more chemical resistant which makes the use of nitrile more suitable over latex in a laboratory setting.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the appropriate gloves to use.  Some of these factors include temperature, puncture possibility, length of exposure time, chemical concentration, and glove thickness.  Special attention should be given to glove selection when using highly corrosive materials such as acids and strong solvents.

When selecting gloves, make sure they fit properly.  Gloves that are too tight may cause uncomfortable working conditions.  Gloves that are too big might cause poor handling techniques that can lead to spills or other accidents.  When a glove becomes soiled from contamination, dispose ofthem immediately using the proper technique and re-glove.

Remember, gloves not only protect you; they also help prevent contamination in experiments.

Please click on the image below to download Ansell’s most recent edition of their Chemical Resistance Guide.

Ensure both you and your research are adequately protected by choosing the appropriate glove that is both resistant the chemical you are working with and fits properly.