University of Rochester

Environmental Health & Safety

No single glove type can serve as protection from all materials. A glove may protect against a specific agent, but it may not protect the wearer from another. Gloves used for chemical protection are meant to safeguard against splashes and drips, not for immersion. A glove protects the wearer for a limited time period before the glove material deteriorates. Therefore, consider the following when choosing gloves to be worn to protect against chemical exposures.

Rules for glove use in the labs:

Glove Chemical Compatibility Charts

Understanding terms used in glove compatibility charts:

Compatibility charts rating systems will vary by the manufacturer’s design of their chart. Many use a color code, where red = bad, yellow = not recommended, green = good, or some variation of this scheme. A letter code may be used, such as E = excellent, G = Good, P = Poor, NR = Not Recommended. Any combination of these schemes may be used, so understand the chart before making a decision on the glove to be used.

Listed below are links to several manufacturers’ glove compatibility charts for gloves that might be used at UR. Use these charts to ensure the gloves being used to handle chemicals are providing adequate protection to you. It is important to note that all chemicals will not be listed on these charts. It is also essential to note that two similar gloves supplied by two separate manufacturers may not provide the same level of protection to a specific chemical. Therefore, it will be necessary to consult the manufacturer’s specific compatibility chart for the brand of gloves being used.

Contact EH&S at (585) 275-3241 or e-mail EH&S Questions.

This page last updated 1/3/2013. Disclaimer.