Choosing the appropriate laboratory glove for hand protection can be a challenge but is extremely important considering many chemicals cause skin irritation or burns. Dermatitis or skin inflammation is responsible for up to 45% of all work-related diseases. Protective gloves should be worn when handling hazardous materials, chemicals of unknown toxicity and corrosive materials. When handling chemicals in a laboratory, disposable latex, vinyl or nitrile examination gloves are usually appropriate for most circumstances. In all cases, the PPE manufacturer’s website should be consulted for further information.