Glove Selection Guidelines

Revised January 2022

The following glove selections are for use when direct chemical contact is expected. Recommendations are based on use of thick (usually 18-28 mil) gloves, not thin (usually 3-8 mil), disposable gloves. Do not use thin, disposal gloves (even those made of the recommended glove material) when direct chemical contact is expected. For incidental contact with organic chemicals, a thin nitrile glove may be used. Use only a recommended glove when using chemicals that are considered particularly hazardous, highly corrosive, skin sensitizers, or which readily absorb through intact skin. Contact EH&S for additional glove recommendations.
Chemical Recommended Glove
Acetic Acid Butyl
Acetone Butyl
Acetonitrile Butyl
Ammonium Hydroxide Butyl, Nitrile
Benzene (skin) Viton, 4H
1,4-Butanediol Butyl, Nitrile
Carbon Disulfide (skin) Viton, 4H
Carbon Tetrachloride (skin) Viton, 4H
Chloroform Viton, 4H
Chromic Acid Butyl
Cyclohexanone (skin) Butyl
Dimethyl Formamide (DMF) (skin) Butyl
Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) Butyl
Ethanol Butyl, Viton
Formaldehyde Butyl, Nitrile
Heptane Nitrile, Viton
Hexane Nitrile, Viton
Hydrochloric Acid Butyl, Latex, Nitrile
Hydrofluoric Acid Butyl
Isopropyl Alcohol Butyl, Nitrile
Mercury, elemental (skin) Butyl, Nitrile, 4H
Methanol (skin) Butyl, Viton
Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) Butyl
Methyl Isobutyl Ketone (MIBK) Butyl
Methylene Chloride Viton, 4H
Nitric Acid Butyl, Viton
Pentane Nitrile, Viton
Perchloric Acid Latex, Nitrile
Phosphoric Acid Butyl, Latex, Nitrile
Potassium Hydroxide Butyl, Latex, Nitrile
Sodium Hydroxide Butyl, Latex, Nitrile
Sulfuric Acid Butyl, Viton
1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane Viton
Tetrahydrofuran (THF) 4H
Toluene (skin) Viton
Trichloroethylene Viton
Xylene Viton, 4H

Note 1: Where more than one glove type is listed, all choices provide protection.

Note 2: “Skin” notation designates chemicals which the ACGIH has identified as being able to absorb through intact skin and contribute to overall chemical exposure.