Disposable nitrile gloves

Disposable nitrile gloves: How chemical-resistant are disposable nitrile gloves? Are they only resistant to certain classes of chemicals and up to certain concentrations?

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Publication Date: 14 February 2018
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Disposable nitrile gloves

Answer reviewed 28th January 2023

The chemical resistance of disposable gloves depends upon the chemical and its concentration. Refer to information contained in the SDS under Section 8: Exposure controls and personal protection, where information on hand protection and other exposure controls for handling the chemical is discussed. Gloves with a longer cuff, specifically for handling concentrated chemicals, are available.

Information on glove selection can also be found in the Science ASSIST Chemical Management Handbook for Australian Schools - Edition 31

  • page ii has some general information under “Glove selection”
  • page vii there are some links to Glove selection guides
  • on each chemical summary page under Safe Handling there are recommendations for the type of glove that should be used for each chemical.

References and further reading:

1 Science ASSIST website, (2018, November), ‘Chemical Management Handbook for Australian Schools - Edition 3’, retrieved from https://assist.asta.edu.au/resource/4193/chemical-management-handbook-australian-schools-edition-3

The Glove Company website, (2021, March 1), ‘Nitrile gloves frequently asked questions and answers’ retrieved from https://theglovecompany.com.au/hands-on-safety-blog/2018/nitrile-gloves-frequently-asked-questions-and-answers-faqs/

Atom website, (2021, December 2), ‘EN374 Gloves Standards: Hand Protection Against Chemicals’, retrieved from https://blog.atom.com.au/en374-gloves-standards-hand-protection-against-chemicals

Ansell website, (2023), ‘Are nitrile gloves chemical resistant?’, retrieved from https://www.ansell.com/au/en/faq/are-nitrile-gloves-chemical-resistant

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