PPE glove resistance vs chemical

PPE Material Guide

Resistance to Common Chemicals – Excellent, G=Good, F=Fair, Poor

Chemical Natural Rubber Neoprene Nitrile Vinyl
Acetaldehyde G G Excellent G
Acetic acid Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Acetone G G G F
Acrylonitrile Poor G F
Ammonium hydroxide G Excellent Excellent Excellent
Aniline F G Excellent G
Benzaldehyde F F Excellent G
Benzene Poor F G F
Benzyl chloride F Poor G Poor
Bromine G G G
Butane Poor Excellent Poor
Calcium hypochlorite Poor G G G
Carbon disulfide Poor Poor G F
Carbon tetrachloride Poor F G F
Chlorine G G G
Chloroscetone F Excellent Poor
Chloroform Poor F G Poor
Chromic Acid Poor F F Excellent
Cyclohexane F Excellent Poor
Dibenzylether F G Poor
Dibutylphthalate F G Poor
Diethanolamine F Excellent Excellent
Diethyl ether F G Excellent Poor
Dimethyl sulfoxide
Ethyl acetate F G G F
Ethylene dichloride Poor F G Poor
Ethylene glycol G G Excellent Excellent
Ethylene trichloride Poor Poor Poor
Flourine G G G
Formaldehyde G Excellent Excellent Excellent
Formic acid G Excellent Excellent Excellent
Glycerol G G Excellent Excellent
Hexammne Poor Excellent Poor
Hydrobromic acid (40%) G Excellent Excellent
Hydrochloric acid (conc) G G G Excellent
Hydrofluoric acid (30%) G G G Excellent
Hydrogen peroxide G G G Excellent
Iodine G G G
Methylamine G G Excellent Excellent
Methyl cellosolve F Excellent Poor
Methyl chloride Poor Excellent Poor
Methyl ethyl ketone F G G Poor
Methylene chloride F F G F
Monoethanolamine F Excellent Excellent
Morpholine F Excellent Excellent
Naphthalene G G Excellent G
Nitic acid (conc) Poor Poor Poor G
Perchloric acid F G F Excellent
Phenol G Excellent Excellent
Phosphoric acid G Excellent Excellent
Potassium hydroxide (sat) G G G Excellent
Propylene dichloride Poor F Poor
Sodium hydroxide G G G Excellent
Sodium hypochlorite G Poor F G
Sulfuric acid (conc) G G F G
Toluene Poor F G F
Triichloroethylene Poor F G F
Tricresyl phosphale Poor F F
Triethanolamine F Excellent Excellent Excellent
Trinitrotoluene Poor Excellent Poor

Aromatic and halogenated hydrocarbons will attack all types of natural and synthetic glove materials.  Should swelling occur, the user should change to fresh gloves and allow the swollen gloves to dry and return to normal.  No data on the resistance to dimetyl sulfoxide of natural rubber, neoprene, nitrile rubber, or vinyl materials are available; the manufacturer of the substance recommends the use of butyl rubber gloves.

Adapted from Prudent Practices for Handling Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories, 1981.