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In chemical work, occupational protection is required against penetration of low risk chemical liquids due to low volume, low pressure splashes.
Despite the best efforts of engineering controls devised from a thorough hazard identification process, worker contact with some types of chemicals may be unavoidable.
In this case, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the form of protective clothing is essential. There are also disposable protective items that are commonly used to prevent certain hazards.
Each workplace is different and presents its own specific set of risks depending on the conditions.
Determining the most appropriate choice of chemical protective clothing or epi is made difficult by the large number of potentially toxic substances and vastly different exposure risks in each application, along with the large number of options and construction types available.
This is exacerbated by the complexity of the standards and test methods governing compliance.
Exposure to chemicals produces a range of effects from low-level irritation to severe biological damage.
The risks in turn depend on multiple factors: the properties of the chemical, the duration of exposure, physical factors such as space limitations and current environmental conditions such as humidity and temperature or exposure to flame.
Level of chemical protective suits
For protection, chemical protective suits are the safest type of clothing. We can advise you to get the right chemical protective suit for you.
Do not forget to make use of accessories such as gloves, boots, hats, hooded coveralls, some mandatory disposable protective element, masks or coveralls, securing the body and skin and as face protection protecting head and forehead.
Type 1 chemical protective full body suit.
This protective suit can be adapted to any environment, located in the workplace. It is fully sealed and has its own air supply to keep you safe during high-risk work.
Type 3 chemical protective suit
Withstands chemical liquids, the chemical protective suit is chemical jet-proof.
Type 4 chemical protective suit
Withstands high chemical spray pressure as this chemical protective suit is made of non-breathable materials.
Type 5-6 chemical protective suit
Protects against dusts, aerosols and splashes, specially designed for this purpose.
Hazard assessment for the use of chemical protective clothing
Before options can be identified, a thorough assessment of the hazard and the required epi must be conducted. Safety managers must have a clear understanding of the following:
The specific substances to which workers may be exposed and any interactions (in the case of multiple substances). There are general disposable products and some specific protective disposables that help us to deal with these types of hazards, and which complement the protection of the epi.
Including the likelihood of abrasion, tearing or puncture of clothing, along with exposure to fire, cold, heat and moisture.
Type of exposure
Whether the chemical is in liquid or vapor/gaseous form and whether the exposure is a brief or prolonged contact or an occasional splash. The use of hooded coveralls that cover the whole body is very important.
How long the worker will be in contact with the chemical while performing a specific task.
Understanding the specific potential health effects resulting from exposure.
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