A Guide to Chemical Resistant Gloves: Types and Tips for Usage (Whitepaper)

Chemicals are a necessary part of many employers’ operations. Protecting employees from chemical hazards must always start with following the hierarchy of controls:  elimination, substitution, engineering controls, administrative controls, and finally personal protective equipment. However, complete elimination often is not feasible as the chemical is essential to the process and there are no alternative processes that can minimize the exposure. When possible, the employer can substitute less dangerous chemicals, install engineering controls to minimize exposures, and implement administrative controls to further reduce exposures. Implementing controls however does not completely eliminate employee exposure to, severe health hazards from chemicals such as:

  • Respiratory injury
  • Burns
  • Central Nervous System Damage
  • Organ Failure
  • Sterility
  • Blindness
  • Cancer
  • Death

When exposures exist, there are both moral and legal obligations to protect workers from hazards caused by chemicals. It is important to note: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should be the last line of defense offered. Glove selection should be done only after efforts to engineer the problem out and may also include administrative efforts to limit the exposure time of the workers.

This whitepaper highlights the importance of proper selection of chemical resistant gloves. Our team of safety professionals has put together questions to ask yourself when selecting gloves, a guide to various types of gloves along with common terms to be aware of and additional tips for inspection and care.

Access this whitepaper to find professional advice on the selection of chemical resistant gloves and tips for usage.

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