April 21, 2006, Newsletter Issue #12: The right protection for the job

Tip of the Week

The best way to take the guesswork out of chemical suit selection is to do a risk analysis. Go through your site and identify the substances (particulates, liquids and gases) present in the work site as well as the hazards associated with these substances (i.e., dermal toxicity, reactivity, etc.). Make a list of physical or environmental hazards, such as sharp instruments, rough surfaces or machinery. If you work at night, you might want to consider a reflective safety vest and hard hats with built-in flashlights. Also, note who will be wearing the clothing, the work that person will do, and what equipment will be used. In general, the nature of the hazard will guide you to the appropriate clothing.

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