Specialized protective gloves are available and in good condition

Gloves must be worn to protect hands from exposure to hazardous materials, heat and cold substances. Glove selection should be based on an appropriate risk assessment.

As mentioned above many chemicals can pass through or damage disposable gloves and they are not designed to protect hands from heat and cold so it is imperative to select the appropriate type of gloves to be used for your lab activities.

For example, gloves used to manipulate cryogens should be impervious, offer thermal protection and sufficiently large to be readily thrown off should a cryogen spill; rubber gloves should always be used when handling corrosive materials and heat resistance gloves should be used when removing items from an autoclave.


  • Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories. HHS Publication No. (CDC) 21- 1112, 5th Edition.
  • MSU Biosafety Manual
  • MSU Chemical Hygiene Plan 2.1 (G), 5.3.1 and 5.3.2. OSHA Standard 1910.1450 App A

Corrective actions:

Take the time to do a risk assessment and select the appropriate glove for use in the laboratory. Instruct lab personnel on the different types of gloves and when to use a particular type. Replace reusable gloves at first sign of cracks, tears or wholes as they don’t offer protection any longer.

More information on PPE can be found in the MSU PPE manual (PDF).

For assistance on glove selection, see the “Chemical Resistance Guides” on the EHS website or contact EHS at 517-355-0153 to set up a consultation.