Myth 3: Gloves of the same material and thickness offer a similar level of chemical resistance

Whilst there may be a correlation between glove material, thickness and chemical resistance properties, other factors may need to be borne in mind. Chlorination of gloves can give them a polished surface, which can enhance their chemical resistance. Likewise the waxy or polymer coating that is applied to gloves as an alternative to powder can act as an additional barrier to chemical exposure. Such variations reinforce the need to seek out product-specific chemical permeation data, which is available on most manufacturers’ websites.

Reality: gloves of the same material and thickness may vary in their chemical resistance

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