Personal Safety

Glove Facts

These glove facts are a service of Eastman designed to assist customers in the selection of protective gloves to be used when handling Eastman products. The data presented here were developed through testing at an outside laboratory, utilizing the ASTM F739 standard method for permeation testing. Applicability of these data should be evaluated by each customer based upon the intended use of the Eastman product.


Permeation Testing

In general, permeation testing involves exposing one side of a glove material to the particular chemical of interest and noting both the breakthrough time (the time at which the chemical can be detected on the opposite side of the material) and the permeation rate (the rate at which the chemical passes through the material). Hours or minutes are the designated units for breakthrough time. The permeation rate is expressed as the mass of the permeated chemical per area of glove material per unit time (µg/cm2/min.). Permeation tests are generally conducted for a maximum of eight hours. If no breakthrough time is observed, the reported breakthrough time is greater than 480 minutes.

Factors Affecting Glove Selection

  • Glove Material
  • Temperature
  • Frequency/Severity of Contact
  • Thickness
  • Chemical Mixtures
  • Manufacturers and Quality Control


Permeation Resistance

Glove Tested ​Mean Thickness ​Mean Breakthrough Time (minutes) ​Permeation Rate
​Nitrile - Ansell Edmont
Model Sol-Vex 37-155
15 mil​150​*Fair​
​Neoprene - Ansell Edmont
Model Scorpio 8-352
25 mil​​210*Fair​

*Ansell Edmont describes a permeation rate of fair to be 90-900 µg/cm2/min.


Biodegradability, Exposure, Storage


SkyKleen® aviation solvent was tested in a modified SCAS test according to OECD guidelines test 302A and was found to have 100% dissolved organic removed in 24 hours. This meets the OECD guidelines for "inherently biodegradable" and would be expected to be rapidly biodegraded in a domestic sewage treatment facility.


Exposure with any organic solvent

SkyKleen® aviation solvent should be used with adequate ventilation, and direct skin contact exposure should be avoided by use of proper protective equipment. SkyKleen solvent may cause eye irritation. Use of appropriate protective clothing and chemical-resistant gloves is suggested. Where there is significant potential for eye contact, chemical goggles should be worn and eye flushing equipment should be available. For additional information, consult the Safety Data Sheet.



SkyKleen® solvent may be stored and handled without special precautions in mild steel containers and equipment. It is non-corrosive and photochemically non-reactive (per California South Coast District Rule 102). SkyKleen solvent does not contain any ingredients that require California Proposition 65 notification.