Disposable gloves play an important role in job safety and task efficiency. A disposable glove re-evaluation can lead to improved protection, efficiency and possible glove consolidation. Every facility has its own unique complex processes and tasks. A close examination of each process and the elements the user comes in contact with will lead to the best glove choice.
If employees work with chemicals, there is information available to guide the glove choice. OSHA provides a chemical resistance chart by glove type on page 26 of Publication #3151, Personal Protection Equipment, that you may access by going to www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3151.pdf. It provides a list of chemicals and rates all protective gloves by type, including latex/rubber and nitrile. When selecting chemical-resistant gloves, please refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations, especially if the gloved hand(s) will be immersed in the chemical.