Chemical protection

In working with chemical products, protection against the penetration of low risk chemical liquids due to low volume and pressure splashes is needed.

Chemical protective clothing

Despite the best efforts of engineering controls devised from a comprehensive hazard identification process, worker contact with some types of chemicals may be unavoidable. In this case, the use of personal protective equipment (PEE) in the form of chemical protective clothing is essential.

Every workplace is different and presents its own specific set of hazards. Determining the choice of the protective clothing Appropriate chemistry is made difficult by the large number of potentially toxic substances and the vastly different exposure risks in each application, along with the large number of clothing options and types of construction available. This is exacerbated by the complexity of the standards and testing methods that govern compliance.

Exposure to chemicals produces a number of effects ranging from low-level irritation to severe biological damage. The risks depend in turn on multiple factors: the properties of the chemical, the duration of the exposure, physical factors such as space limitations and current environmental conditions, such as humidity and temperature or exposure to flames.

Hazard assessment

Before options can be identified, a comprehensive hazard assessment must be conducted. Security officers should have a clear understanding of the following:

  • Chemical hazards: the specific substances to which workers may be exposed and any interactions (in the case of multiple substances).
  • Physical hazards: including the likelihood of abrasion, tearing or perforation of clothing, along with exposure to fire, cold, heat, and moisture.
  • Type of exposure: if the chemical is in liquid or vapor / gaseous form and if the exposure is short or prolonged contact or occasional splash.
  • Exposure time: how long the worker will be in contact with the chemical while performing a specific task.
  • Physical Effects: Understand the specific possible health effects that result from exposure.

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