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5 Important Points To Consider When Choosing The Right Chemical-Resistant Gloves

Most people think that all chemical resistant gloves are the same, but this is simply not true. Since there are many different types of chemicals and different industrial jobs, the type of chemicals handled does vary between different work environments, making it crucial to know how to choose the right gloves. Continue reading to learn more about what to look for when deciding on the right chemical-resistant gloves.

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1. Know your chemicals

Before setting out to buy gloves, it is important to get an understanding of what types of chemicals with which you will be working. Consider things like whether or not the chemicals contain acid or are highly flammable, as an example, to help determine which type of gloves are best suited for the job.

2. Read safety data sheets

In order to gain a better understanding of what type of potentially harmful ingredients you may be working or coming into contact with, reading the chemical safety data sheets will give you a full scope on the appropriate protection necessary for your job.

3. Reference chemical resistant charts.

Most glove manufacturers have chemical resistance charts to help you determine the best type of gloves to use with for ingredients in the chemicals you will be working with. Gloves come in many different types of materials and even come with special coatings. For example, neoprene, latex, nitrile coated gloves, and PVC.

4. Consider how easy the glove is to work with and use.

When you come across some suitable options for the chemicals you will be handing, consider how easy it may or may not be to work with. If you can, try on different styles and fabrics. It’s important to maintain comfort while being protected, but also consider how well it grips onto other things as well. What makes your job easier and safe, will make all the difference in the chemical resistant gloves you ultimately decide to work with.

5. Consider the appropriate length.

When working with chemicals, it is recommended that a person use gloves that are elbow-length, if possible. Arm guards and sleeves can be purchases for shorter gloves, but it might be more advantageous on both a cost level and a comfort level to find gloves that already have the necessary length.

The only way to really know if your gloves will provide the protection you need is to try them out and see how they feel when working and if they really do what the manufacturer says they will.

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