Chemical Resistant Gloves
The glove is a garment that has separate openings for each finger and the thumb, providing complete covering and protection to the hands. Chemical resistant gloves are the most critical item of protective equipmentto shield your skin while dealing with harsh chemicals or other harmful elements such as glass and nails. Chemical resistant gloves are mainly used as work glovesto protect your hands while dealing with various chemicals at work.
Chemical-resistant gloves are made out of different kinds of rubber such as natural, butyl, neoprene, Nitrile and fluorocarbon or various kinds of plastics such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyvinyl alcohol, neoprene, server Shield, polyurethane, Viton, and polyethylene. Highest in performance and quality, each material is designed to resist the penetration of harmful chemicals, thus preventing their contact with the skin.
Since chemicals can penetrate your skin and get into the body it is important that you choose the right type of chemical resistant gloves for the job to ensure your safety. There are many factors that you need to consider when choosing your chemical gloves. These include things such as: the type of chemicals to be handled, the frequency and time of chemical contact, the nature of the contact, the concentration of the chemicals, the temperature of the chemicals, your abrasion/resistance requirements, the length of the arm that needs to be protected, the dexterity requirements, the grip requirements, the cuff edge, the thermal protection and the size and comfort requirements.
The thicker the chemical resistant gloves are, the more protection they will provide, however you will lose some mobility and grip in your fingers. If you will be working with sharp items, make sure that the chemical gloves are abrasion and cut resistant. Before wearing the gloves you should inspect them for holes, rips and leaks. If they are damaged in any way then you should dispose of them right away.
When you are finished working with chemical resistant gloves you need to wash them properly as well as washing your hands. The gloves should then be dried and stored in the appropriate manner. You should dispose of the gloves on a regular basis as they may still allow dangerous chemicals to eventually seep through the materials.