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How to Choose the Right Chemical Protective Gloves

DID YOU KNOW: There are more than 60 MILLION registered chemicals, with many different chemicals and chemical mixes used in a typical production process or production facility.

That makes it incredible difficult to choose the right chemical protective glove for your application.

You need to choose between a number of properties, including materials, thicknesses and designs, to find the most suited protective gloves for your application. But there is no ‘perfect’ solution, no one glove that will meet all your needs. An element of compromise is required.

For example, barrier materials include nitrile rubber, polychlorprene (neoprene), butyl, Viton, natural rubber or vinyl (PVC), as well as lesser known, high resistance materials like LLDPE or PVA (polyvinylalcohol). While each of them can protect against a range of chemicals, they also have ‘weak points’ where they are less effective against some other chemicals.

In addition, workers may need other properties, such as high tactile gloves, enhanced grip or heat or cold protection depending on the task.

Finding a glove to meet all the requirements is virtually impossible.

However, Ansell’s Chemical Guardian™ Selection Process can be used to arrive at a “clear and comprehensible solution”. Ansell have produced a whitepaper which will guide you through the process using what they call the ‘selection funnel’.

Working with Ansell, this selection funnel will ensure you select the right glove to protect workers from harmful chemicals and provide them with the properties they need for the task.

  1. Make an inventory of all chemicals used in your application. Select out of these the most commonly used chemicals on site, and add those that pose specific health hazards.
  2. Consult Ansell to help you with the visualisation of permeation breakthrough times for your unique set of chemicals. The Chemical Guardian analysis will help you to choose the best suited glove material in the Ansell range.
  3. Then look at the application specific requirements and pick the best suited glove out of the already chosen glove material
  4. A practice test will finally take place, alongside an assessment of the usage time in your application. Follow-up on correct usage and care of the product to make sure the selected glove continues to be the best match.

This will give you a personalised chemical glove recommendation that meets your application and unique set of chemicals. And because it’s Ansell you have peace of mind that you’re choosing fully certified, high quality chemical hand protection each and every time.

Browse the Express Safety range of Ansell chemical protective gloves now.

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