Myth 2: All nitrile gloves offer the same chemical resistance

With nitrile offering a broad range of chemical protection, this glove material is often selected where chemical exposure is a concern. In the face of increasing price pressure and perhaps also to give users latex-like comfort, manufacturers have been steadily reducing the thickness of their gloves. If we look at the palm thickness (the part of the glove that is most likely to be in contact with chemical exposure), then the thickness of nitrile gloves may vary from 0.07mm to 0.14mm. With such a wide variation in palm thickness, comes varying levels of chemical protection.

Reality: Not all nitrile gloves offer the same level of protection. Seek out data on palm thickness and even better ask glove manufacturer to provide glove-specific chemical data.

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