How to Choose a Glove for Pesticide Use


Listed on the label of your pesticide in the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) section, there should be a glove type or a category A-H. The label may provide several examples of glove materials which are resistant to that chemical. To find what types of gloves can be used with the pesticide, consult the appropriate drop-down box below. According to the Environmental Protection Agency's Worker Protection Standard, only unlined gloves or gloves with separable liners may be used. 

Not all gloves will give you the same level of protection. Some glove materials will last longer against certain types of pesticides and chemicals. They will be highly, moderately or slightly chemical resistant.

  • With highly chemical resistant gloves, you should clean or replace them at the end of each day's work period. Rinse off all pesticides at rest breaks.
  • With moderately chemical resistant gloves, you may need to clean or replace them within an hour or two of contact.
  • With slightly chemical resistant gloves, you may need to clean or replace them within 10 minutes of contact.
  • Not chemical resistant. Do not wear this type of material as PPE when contact is possible.

This chart gives you a range of PPE materials from which to choose for each glove category that may be listed on your pesticide label. It also tells you how long you can expect the material to be resistant to the pesticide you are using. For example, the label might say: "If you want more options, follow the instructions for category F on an EPA chemical resistance selection chart." This means you should select PPE made from barrier laminate, butyl, nitrile or viton because they are highly chemical resistant to that pesticide.

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
Poly-
ethylene
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