Personal protective equipment

Skin Protection

Many kinds of protective gloves and clothing are available, including aprons, full body suits and boots. Gloves and clothing may be manufactured from many different materials such as latex, rubber, Viton and Tychem®TK. No one material can protect from all chemical hazards. Contact us to find out which specific protective materials are best for the chemicals with which you are working.

Also consider issues such as temperature conditions or the need to protect against punctures, tears and abrasion.

Eye/Face Protection

Eye and face protection must be used if there is a possibility of injury from hazards such as airborne particles or splashes of toxic or corrosive liquids.

Different types of eye and face protection are available, including safety glasses, chemical splash goggles and face shields, or combinations of these.

Safety glasses and/or goggles are always worn when working with hazardous chemicals. A face shield may be required (over the eye protection) when there is a risk of splashing, leaks or dangerous reactions. In general, contact lenses can be worn under appropriate eye protection.

Respiratory Protection

Respiratory protection is needed when airborne chemicals cannot be controlled below occupational exposure limits. There are two main types of respirators:

  1. Air-purifying respirators use filters or cartridges to remove contaminants. Various types of filters and cartridges are effective against different classes of chemicals.
  2. Supplied air respirators provide clean air for breathing. This type is used when air is oxygen-deficient, heavily contaminated or of unknown condition.

MSDSs cannot provide detailed and complete respiratory protection guidelines. Selection of respiratory PPE must be done by a qualified person who has assessed the work situation.

If respirators are used in the workplace, a complete Respiratory Protection Program must be put into place.

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