A Program for Physicians
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Less elaborate devices can be used to control the workers' environment. A hood can draw airborne contaminants away from the worker minimizing potential hazards.
An automatic proportional dispenser can be used to avoid contact with a primary irritant. Experience shows that small plants usually depend more upon less expensive personal hygiene measures than extensive environmental controls.
Workers should be furnished means of keeping clean at work if they are to reduce the amount of contact with harmful agents. Inconveniently located wash areas invite undesirable practices as washing with solvents, mineral oils or industrial detergents.
Providing the right cleansers is also important. Powdered soap and waterless cleansers are popular because they remove greases, tars, paints and some plastics quite easily. But if such cleansers contain an excess of alkali or solvents, they can damage the skin.
Personal protective equipment should be carefully matched to the job requirements. In a particularly hazardous environment, such as this chemical dump site, elaborate personal protective devices are necessary.
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