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A critique of assumptions about selecting chemical-resistant gloves: a case for workplace evaluation of glove efficacy.

Authors
Klingner-TD; Boeniger-MF
Source
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 2002 May; 17(5):360-367
NIOSHTIC No.
20022629
Abstract
Wearing chemical-resistant gloves and clothing is the primary method used to prevent skin exposure to toxic chemicals in the workplace. The process for selecting gloves is usually based on manufacturers' laboratory-generated chemical permeation data. However, such data may not reflect conditions in the workplace where many variables are encountered (e.g., elevated temperature, flexing, pressure, and product variation between suppliers). Thus, the reliance on this selection process is questionable. Variables that may influence the performance of chemical-resistant gloves are identified and discussed. Passive dermal monitoring is recommended to evaluate glove performance under actual-use conditions and can bridge the gap between laboratory data and real-world performance.
Keywords
Chemical-industry-workers; Gloves; Dermatology; Safety-equipment; Safety-monitoring; Safety-clothing
CODEN
AOEHE9
Publication Date
20020501
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
1047-322X
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
OH
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