If you haven’t checked out the comment thread on yesterday’s reader question post about latex gloves, you should. There’s some great info there that’s made me re-think how I use gloves in the shop.
Specifically, while there’s been no sure-fire confirmation of the concept of petrolium causing latex allergies, it does seem obvious from comments that latex gloves are much more permeable than they might seem. I use them to avoid grinding grit into my fingernails and skin, and they work fine for that. But some readers have posted sources for nitrile gloves at about the same price, so I think I’ll switch.
Also, readers KMR and Stuey recommend this interesting site which sells a ton of different glove types and hosts a chart showing which type of gloves are resistant to which chemicals. Good stuff!