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Why wear PPE? • When working with hazardous materials cannot be avoided and where engineering controls are insufficient, PPE is the way to protect yourself from injuries • Accidents always seem to happen “the one time” the person wasn’t wearing PPE
Why wear gloves? • Important for purity/quality of work • Protects skin from exposure
Which gloves to wear? • Nitrile gloves hold up well against water, solids, acids, caustics, oils, alcohols and chlorinated solvents. • Latex gloves are comfortable and are resistant to aqueous acid solutions, alkalis, salts and ketones. Some people have allergic reactions to latex gloves so this is an important consideration. • Always check the manufacturer’s glove index or selection guide to be sure you have the right product for the chemicals you work with. • Fit is also important! • Don and doff gloves correctly to avoid contamination
Don’t forget… • Always remove your gloves before… – Leaving the lab – Touching sink handles – Touching door handles – Pushing elevator buttons
Don’t forget… • Never save gloves for re-use.
Last step • The use of gloves does not replace the need for washing your hands!
Need Help Deciding Glove Type? • Check out these glove selection guides: – OSHA PPE Selection Guide (see Table 4) – Ansell Glove Selection Guide Call EHS (x 40345) if you have glove selection questions!