I'd like to mention another consideration. You don't mention what courses this student is taking, but often in general chemistry labs gloves are not really necessary. I know that some feel that you should put on gloves as soon as you walk into ANY chemistry labs, but this is actually bad risk assessment and only reinforces the assumption that all chemicals are bad. As Lucy indicated, allergies can develop after repeated exposure. For students who are not going into chemistry judicial use of gloves can help prevent this development. I am NOT saying to never wear gloves. I'm just saying to look at the actual risk and wear them only when you really need them.
I was glad to learn that there are accelerant-free gloves available. This is valuable information.
I'm weighing in on the glove issue. I have a sensitivity to latex gloves, so switched to nitrile. (All powder free, by the way). After some time, I felt like bees were stinging my hands when wearing nitrile gloves. I tried using cotton glove liners, but they are hot and awkward, at least for me, when performing fine motor tasks. After some study, I discovered accelerant free nitrile gloves. Apparently it is the accelerant they use in making the material that can be a sensitizer. My problem was solved.
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Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2016 1:05 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Latex and Nitrile Glove Allergies
No, we do not have powered gloves. They are the thin gloves that we use for general purpose use. We have specialty gloves for some specific applications, but the student will not be working with those types of materials for this particular lab.
On Thu, Sep 1, 2016 at 1:54 PM, Zack Mansdorf <mansdorfz**At_Symbol_Here**bellsouth.net> wrote:
Are you using powdered gloves? Nitrile allergies are pretty rare. Are these thin gloves or thick gloves (thin I assume).
If the glove use is to keep the student clean or the work area clean, there are potential alternatives. If it is for chemical permeation resistance, you need to check permeation guides.
S.Z. Mansdorf, PhD, CIH, CSP, QEP
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I have not heard of nitrile glove allergy but allergy to latex is not uncommon. It would be good to document the nitrile allergy if it has not been previously reported. Perhaps you could try vinyl gloves but I would do it cautiously since this person is allergic to nitrile (a polymer).
>From: "Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety"
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>Subject: [DCHAS-L] Latex and Nitrile Glove Allergies
>From: Amanda MacPherson
>Re: Latex and Nitrile Glove Allergies
>We currently have a student going through our chemistry program that has an allergy to latex and nitrile gloves. Does anyone know of a suitable alternative they would recommend? I have found several alternatives, but I know virtually nothing about the gloves themselves.
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