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July 15, 2008

Finding the Right Gloves To Fit the Application

There is a wide range of gloves available for hand protection on the job. Matching gloves to their chemical-resistance properties is one criterion for selection

Nelson Schlatter Ansell

Workers in the chemical process industries (CPI) would certainly benefit from the "perfect" glove that would be thick enough for thermal insulation, thin enough to promote dexterity and tough enough to protect workers from cuts and abrasion. The glove would also protect against all known chemicals and be offered at a minimal price. This perfect glove, however, does not exist. Processors and handlers, therefore, must provide workers with the most suitable, available gloves for the application, considering individual circumstances and how the gloves will be used. Considerations to help choose proper gloves for a given application, with particular focus on chemical resistance, are presented here....

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