A Useful Guide on Temperature Limits for Glove Materials

Work Gloves for Extreme Tempuratures

The selection of proper hand protection begins with an evaluation of the job application and the hazards present. One of the hazards that must be considered is temperature – both extreme cold and extreme heat. This useful chart can be used as a starting point in the process of selecting the right gloves.

These ratings are to be used as a general guideline only, as there are too many possible variances in field conditions verses controlled testing environments. For example, the weight of the item being held, the length of time it will be held, and whether it  is a solid, liquid, or a gas.

Approximate Useful Temperature Limits for Various Polymers.
Approximate Low Temperature Limit (F)
Polymer: Continuous
Exposure
Intermittent
Exposure
Short-term
Exposure
Cotton -50 -75 -100
Kevlar® -20 -40 -60
Natural Rubber -10 -25 -50
Neoprene -10 -25 -40
Nitrile -20 -20 -40
Nylon -20 -40 -60
Polyester -20 -40 -60
PVC 0 -10 -50
Approximate High Temperature Limit (F)
Polymer: Continuous
Exposure
Intermittent
Exposure
Short-term
Exposure
Cotton 200 300 400
Kevlar® 300 600 900
Natural Rubber 170 300 350
Neoprene 200 300 400
Nitrile 250 300 400
Nylon 150 175 200
Polyester 150 175 200
PVC 150 175 200