Always wear the appropriate gloves when handling laboratory materials. Gloves must be comfortable, sufficient in length, and made of material that has the appropriate level of chemical resistance for the task to provide adequate protection. Depending on its intended use, a glove may be designed to provide dexterity, strength, low permeability, resistance to penetration by sharp objects, or protection from temperature changes. When using gloves follow these safety procedures:

  • Make sure the glove material is resistant to the substances in use.
  • Inspect gloves for holes and tears before each use.
  • Replace gloves periodically, depending on their permeation and degradation characteristics.
  • Disposable gloves designed for single use shall not be reused.
  • Abrasion resistant gloves (e.g. leather) should be worn for handling broken glass and other similar materials, but should not be used to handle chemicals.
  • Heat resistant gloves shall be used for handling hot objects. 

For detailed information on glove selection see Appendix A Gloves Selection

  • How to Choose the Right Safety Gloves:
  • Identify the hazards and assess the risks of those hazards
    • Consider chemical type, temperature extremes, physical hazards, pH, toxicity, infection potential of biological hazards.
    • Check the SDS section 7 and 8 for guidance on handling and PPE. 
    • Determine if you will have extended contact.


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