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How to Choose Gloves for Pesticide Use

 

How to Choose Gloves for Pesticide Use

STEP
1
Read Your Pesticide Label to Find the Chemical-Resistance Category
This information is usually in the first couple of paragraphs of the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) section.
Not near your label? Click here to look it up!
STEP
2
Choose a Glove Based on Your Pesticide’s Label Info
See our top recommendations below, or click here for more detailed info and to learn more about other features, including thickness, length and liners.
Click on your chemical-resistance category below
A B C D E F G H
EPA's Chemical-Resistance Category A

Honeywell Butyl Rubber Safety Gloves
Flexible with a rough texture for grip
Buy
Buy

Showa® Natural Rubber Latex Gloves
Low cost and heavy-duty with excellent abrasion resistance
Buy
Buy
EPA's Chemical-Resistance Category B

GEMPLER'S® Nitrile Rubber Gloves
Slight chemical resistance, excellent abrasion resistance and good wet grip
Buy
Buy

North® Silver Shield® Barrier Laminate Gloves
Low cost and heavy-duty with excellent abrasion resistance
Buy
Buy
EPA's Chemical-Resistance Category C

Showa® Chloro-Flex™ II Neoprene Rubber Gloves
Good abrasion resistance and soft like natural rubber
Buy
Buy

Honeywell Butyl Rubber Safety Gloves
Rough texture for improved grip
Buy
Buy
EPA's Chemical-Resistance Category D

GEMPLER'S® Nitrile Rubber Gloves
Moderately resistant with excellent abrasion resistance and a good wet grip
Buy
Buy

North® Silver Shield® Barrier Laminate Gloves
Excellent flexibility and high chemical resistance—resist more than 280 chemicals!
Buy
Buy
EPA's Chemical-Resistance Category E

North® Silver Shield® Barrier Laminate Gloves
Excellent flexibility and high chemical resistance—resist more than 280 chemicals!
Buy
Buy

Showa® Chloro-Flex™ II Neoprene Rubber Gloves
Good abrasion resistance and soft like natural rubber
Buy
Buy
EPA's Chemical-Resistance Category F

North® Silver Shield® Barrier Laminate Gloves
Excellent flexibility and high chemical resistance—resist more than 280 chemicals!
Buy
Buy

Honeywell Butyl Rubber Safety Gloves
Rough texture for improved grip
Buy
Buy
EPA's Chemical-Resistance Category G

Honeywell Butyl Rubber Safety Gloves
Slightly chemical resistant with a rough texture for improved grip
Buy
Buy

GEMPLER'S® Nitrile Rubber Gloves
Slightly chemical resistant with excellent abrasion resistance and good wet grip

Buy
Buy
EPA's Chemical-Resistance Category H

Honeywell Butyl Rubber Safety Gloves
Slightly chemical resistant with a rough texture for improved grip
Buy
Buy

GEMPLER'S® Nitrile Rubber Gloves
Slightly chemical resistant with excellent abrasion resistance and good wet grip
Buy
Buy

Everything You Need to Know About Selecting Pesticide Gloves

Materials
Chemicals can do considerable damage without proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). When looking for gloves, it’s important to note that certain gloves are only intended for use with certain chemicals.

EPA’s Chemical-Resistance Category Selection Chart:

Type of Personal Protective Material

Selection Category Listed On Pesticide Label

Barrier Laminate

Butyl Rubber
>=14 mils

Nitrile Rubber
>=14 mils

Neoprene Rubber*
>=14 mils

Natural Rubber
>=14 mils

Polyethylene

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
>=14 mils

Viton
>=14 mils

A (dry and water based foundations)

HIGH

HIGH

HIGH

HIGH

HIGH

HIGH

HIGH

HIGH

B

HIGH

HIGH

SLIGHT

SLIGHT

NONE

SLIGHT

SLIGHT

SLIGHT

C

HIGH

HIGH

HIGH

HIGH

MOD

MOD

HIGH

HIGH

D

HIGH

HIGH

MOD

MOD

NONE

NONE

NONE

SLIGHT

E

HIGH

SLIGHT

HIGH

HIGH

SLIGHT

NONE

MOD

HIGH

F

HIGH

HIGH

HIGH

MOD

SLIGHT

NONE

SLIGHT

HIGH

G

HIGH

SLIGHT

SLIGHT

SLIGHT

NONE

NONE

NONE

HIGH

H

HIGH

SLIGHT

SLIGHT

SLIGHT

NONE

NONE

NONE

HIGH

* Includes natural rubber blends and laminates. "MOD" = Moderate


Chemical resistance levels will let you know how resistant the glove material is to the pesticide and when gloves should be cleaned or replaced:

HIGH: Highly chemical resistant. Gloves should be rinsed at rest breaks and cleaned or replaced at the end of each day’s work period. These gloves are the best choice for longer work periods and for handling concentrates.

MOD: Moderately chemical resistant. Gloves may need to be cleaned or replaced within an hour or two of contact with the pesticide.

SLIGHT: Slightly chemical resistant. Gloves may need to be cleaned or replaced within 10 minutes of contact with the pesticide.

NONE: No chemical resistance. Do not wear when contact with the pesticide is possible.

NOTE: Unless the pesticide label says otherwise, gloves made of absorbent materials, such as leather or cotton, should not be worn.

Glove Category Selection Key

Material Code
  1. Laminate
  2. Butyl
  3. Nitrile
  4. Neoprene
  5. Natural
  6. Polyethylene
  7. PVC
  8. Viton
Label Code Material Recommended by CDPR
A 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
B 1,2
C 1,2,3,4,7,8
D 1,2
E 1,3,4,8

F

1,2,3,8
G 1,8
H 1,8

All but Laminate and Polythylene must be 14 mils or thicker
Other Considerations
Thicker gloves are typically more chemical resistant than thinner gloves, but they lack dexterity and sensitivity. Thickness is provided in mils. One mil is equal to .001". Butyl, nitrile, neoprene, natural rubber, PVC or Viton gloves intended to be used with pesticides must be at least 14 mils thick.

Length is also important to consider because some tasks will require longer gloves. 13"L gloves that cover the wrist may be adequate for spraying, but 23"L gloves that cover the elbow may be needed for cleaning tanks.
 
Lining
While gloves with linings, such as flock or cotton, are more comfortable to wear than unlined gloves, they are not approved for use with pesticides. Separable glove liners made of lightweight cotton or polypropylene may be worn with chemical-resistant gloves unless specifically prohibited by the pesticide label. However, they may not extend beyond the cuff of the gloves being worn over them.

Separable glove liners must be disposed of immediately in accordance with any Federal, state or local regulations if contaminated by a pesticide. Even if they are uncontaminated, they must be disposed of after 10 hours of use or within 24 hours of initial donning, whichever comes first.
Exceptions under the Worker Protection Standard (WPS)
Finding durable chemical-resistant gloves that are good for working with sharp, thorny plants may be difficult. Under the WPS, leather gloves may be worn over chemical-resistant gloves, but must not be used for any other purpose thereafter.

Additional exceptions may be allowed for applications such as closed systems and aerial application. Check the pesticide label and the EPA’s How to Comply Manual for requirements. For up-to-date WPS requirement changes and information, click here.

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