Protecting Researchers from Chemical Exposure Hazards

Working in a laboratory frequently requires handling a large range of chemicals, from inorganic and organic chemicals, acids, bases, to solvents with different functional groups, each one introducing a different health hazard upon exposure. These health hazards range from respiratory injury and carcinogenic health effects to skin burns and irritation.

Protecting Researchers from Chemical Exposure Hazards

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The most commonly occurring hazard or incident in a laboratory is chemical splash. So, it is necessary to protect the researchers across the range of chemicals handled, and new chemical entities, for which complete toxicological testing has not been yet carried out.

It is paramount to understand how gloves protect from chemicals in order to protect researchers against chemical exposure:

  • Read chemical safety data sheets, perform a hazard assessment, and consider all substances gloves may come in contact with
  • Recognize that, based on the material of construction, every style of glove gives a different level of protection from specific hazards and chemicals
  • Consider whether the wearer needs chemical splash or chemical immersion protection
    • If so, which chemicals are the user working with, and how long might they be exposed?

Ansell’s wide scope of disposable gloves will protect laboratory researchers against chemical splashes over a range of chemical compounds. This comprehensive offering, developed by scientists, protects you against most of the solvents that would be encountered in a research environment.

Protecting Researchers from Chemical Exposure Hazards

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Table 1. Commonly Used Hazardous Chemicals and Hand Protection Recommendations. Source: Ansell

  Hazard Chemical Splash Protection
Single Use Gloves
Chemical Immersion Protection
Chemical Gloves
Acetaldehyde irritant Microflex® 93-853,
TouchNTuff® 92-605
ChemTek™ 38-514
Barrier® 02-100 with TouchNTuff® 92-600
overglove
Chloroform irritant Microflex® 93-260 PVA® 15-554
Cyclohexane irritant Microflex® 93-260
TouchNTuff® 92-600 or 92-605
AlphaTec® 58-128
Solvex® 37-675 or 37-900
Diethyl ether irritant Microflex® 93-260 PVA® 15-554
Barrier® 02-100 with TouchNTuff® 92-600
overglove
DMSO toxic Microflex® 93-853
Microflex® 73-847
Bi-Colour™ 87-900
Neotop® 29-500
Scorpio® 08-354
Ethanol or IPA may cause skin
irritation
Microflex® 93-260
TouchNTuff® 92-600 or 92-605
AlphaTec® 58-535
Solvex® 37-675 or 37-900
Ethyl acetate irritant Microflex® 93-853
TouchNTuff® 92-605
PVA® 15-554
Barrier® 02-100
Hexane or Heptane irritant Microflex® 93-853
TouchNTuff® 92-600 or 92-605
AlphaTec® 58-128
Solvex® 37-675 or 37-900
MEK irritant Microflex® 93-260 ChemTek™ 38-514
Barrier® 02-100 with TouchNTuff® 92-600
overglove
Sodium Hydroxide 40-50 % solution corrosive, burns Microflex® 93-833, 73-847, 93-843, 93-852, 93-856, or 93-853
TouchNTuff® 92-600 or 92-605
AlphaTec® 58-128
Solvex® 37-675 or 37-900
Sulfuric acid corrosive, irritant Microflex® 73-847 for dilute concentrations or
Microflex® 93-260 for strong concentrations above 50%
AlphaTec® 58-128 for dilute concentrations
Scorpio® 08-354 for strong concentrations above 50%
Xylene irritant Microflex® 93-260 PVA® 15-554
Barrier™ 02-100 with TouchNTuff® 92-600
overglove

*Recommendations made in this note are based on extrapolations from laboratory test results and information regarding the composition of chemicals and may not adequately represent specific conditions of end use. Synergistic effects of mixing chemicals have not been accounted for. For these reasons, and because Ansell has no detailed knowledge of or control over the conditions of end use, any recommendation must be advisory only and Ansell fully disclaims any liability including warranties related to any statement contained herein.

About Ansell

For over a century, Ansell has delivered the most advanced protection solutions to millions of people…at work, at home and in harm’s way.

In 1905, Eric Ansell recognized an opportunity when his employer was looking to dispose of some manufacturing equipment. With this discarded machinery, he founded what was to become the Ansell Rubber Company, initially a balloon & condom company that eventually expanded into surgical, household and work gloves.

In the years since, millions of people have come to rely on Ansell’s innovative products and safety solutions to protect them at home or on the job. The same dedication to quality and innovation that started with Eric Ansell, continues today, as Ansell has grown to serve 25 global industries in 120 countries in ways that shape and protect our modern world.

Ansell is SAFETY. We protect the most valuable asset of any company — its people."

Magnus Nicolin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer


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Last updated: Oct 19, 2020 at 8:39 AM

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