Insecticide Safety: What gloves are right for the job? Back »

Written collaboratively by Adam Varenhorst, Patrick Wagner, and Amanda Bachmann.


When handling insecticides it is important to wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Insecticide labels provide the minimum PPE requirements that must be worn when handling containers, spraying, mixing, loading, or conducting maintenance on the sprayer.

Glove Selection

Chemical resistant gloves are listed as required PPE for almost all insecticide related activities. Wearing the proper gloves when handling insecticide products prevents exposure to the skin on the hands. Insecticides can penetrate skin on different parts of the body to varying degrees. While the skin on the palms is thicker, exposure to the hands also poses a risk of exposing other parts of the body where insecticides ran cross more readily.

Material & Chemical Resistance

The PPE section of the label lists what materials are chemically resistant to the ingredients in the product. These materials refer to any of the PPE that will be worn. Table 1 lists the glove materials that are recommended for use when handling chemicals with the associated solvents present in them. It is important to note the level of resistance that is listed for each glove type. Table 2 provides glove recommendations for common insecticides used in South Dakota.

Material Type

The ratings explanation for the types of materials is listed below:

  • High: Glove materials with this rating are highly resistant to the associated solvent. These types of gloves should be cleaned or replaced at the end of each use or end of the day. They should still be rinsed off at rest breaks to reduce the potential for exposure.
  • Moderate: Glove materials with this rating are moderately resistant to the associated solvent. These types of gloves should be cleaned or replaced within 1-2 hours of exposure.
  • Slight: Glove materials with this rating are slightly resistant to the associated solvent. These types of gloves should be cleaned or replaced within 10 minutes of exposure.
  • None: Glove materials with the none rating have no resistance to the associated solvent. These should not be used.

Table 1. Glove Chemical Resistance: Category Selection Chart1

Type of Glove Material
Solvent Category
(On label)
Barrier Laminate Butyl Rubber* Nitrile Rubber* Neoprene Rubber* Natural Rubber* Poly-
ethylene
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)* Viton*
A
(dry and water based forumations) High High High High High High High High
B
(acetate) High High Slight Slight None Slight Slight Slight
C
(alcohol) High High High High Moderate Moderate High High
D
(halogenated hydrocarbons) High High Moderate Moderate None None None Slight
E
(ketones, such as acetone) High Slight High High Slight None Moderate High
F
(ketone and aromatic petroleum distillates mixture) High High High Moderate Slight None Slight High
G
(aliphatic petroleum distillates, such as kerosene, petroleum oil, or mineral oil) High Slight Slight Slight None None None High
H
(aromatic petroleum distillates, such as xylene)
 
High Slight Slight Slight None None None High
1This table was adapted from the EPA Chemical Resistance Category Selection Chart for Gloves.
*These material ratings are based on gloves that are greater or equal to 14 mils in thickness Natural rubber includes natural rubber blends and laminates.

 

Table 2. Glove recommendations for insecticides*

Insecticide Solvent Glove Material
( ≥ 14 mils)
Lorsban Advanced Petroleum distillates Barrier laminate
Viton
Cobalt Advanced Petroleum distillates Barrier laminate
Viton
Baythroid XL Aromatic petroleum distillates Barrier laminate
Viton
Leverage 360 Not listed Barrier laminate
Butyl rubber
Nitrile rubber
Neoprene rubber
PVC
Viton
Brigade 2EC Xylene Barrier laminate
Viton
Dimethoate 4E Petroleum distillates Barrier laminate
Butyl rubber
Nitrile rubber
Viton
Malathion 57% Petroleum distillates Barrier laminate
Butyle rubber
Nitrile rubber
Viton
Stallion Petroleum distillates Barrier laminate
Butyle rubber
Nitrile rubber
Viton
Mustang Maxx Petroleum distillates Barrier laminate
Butyle rubber
Viton
Warrior II Petroleum distillates Barrier laminate
Viton
Karate Petroleum distillates Barrier laminate
Viton
Endigo ZC Petroleum distillates Barrier laminate
Viton
Besiege Alcohol Barrier laminate
Butyl rubber
Nitrile rubber
Neoprene rubber
PVC
Viton
Lannate LV Halogenated hydrocarbons Barrier laminate
Butyl rubber
* This list is not meant to be comprehensive. Always read and follow the instructions in the label.
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