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1Training Developed by the Selection of Chemical Protective Gloves Guidance for In-Service Engineering Agent (ISEA) Developers of Shipboard Maintenance ProceduresTraining Developed by theNavy PPE Working GroupandNaval Safety Center05 March 2013
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3Background and Purpose of Training Navy Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Working Group reviewed processes used by In-Service Engineering Agents (ISEA) to assign chemical protective glove requirements in Maintenance Requirement Cards (MRC)The review indicated inconsistent expertise of ISEAs with regard to selection of chemical protective glovesInappropriate glove recommendations specified for some tasks which could increase potential for occupational dermatitis and other injuries
4Background and Purpose of Training Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data estimates that 12% of occupational illnesses are skin disordersRisk factors for personnel include skin exposure to chemicals, allergens, and work in wet environmentsChemicals may permeate (pass through) gloves without apparent damage to the glove and expose personnelSee NotesPPE Working Group developed this training to support ISEAs in selection of appropriate chemical protective glovesUpdated training and review of MRC cards with regard to protective equipment required for ISEAs on the basis of the above findingsFor additional information see:NIOSH Overview of Occupational Skin DiseasesStatistics on the incidence of work related skin diseaseEnglish Health and Safety ExecutiveDuring there were an estimated 132 new diagnoses of skin disease per workers per year based on reports within the THOR-GP scheme (Table THORGP01 ). This is equivalent to nearly new diagnoses of work-related disease each year during this period.Overview of occupational contact dermatitis Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
5Four of these photos illustrate hand injuries caused by chemical exposures. These are not photos of Navy personnel… but they easily could be.Some chemicals cause local effects such as skin irritation, burns, etc.Other chemicals can be absorbed by the skin and can cause “systemic” effects. Systemic effects involve organs or systems that weren’t involved in the original exposure. Examples of system effects are damage to organs such as the liver, kidneys, heart, brain, etc., cancer, or damage to the reproductive organs and/or fetus.Use of chemical protective gloves appropriate for the specific hazard might have reduced or eliminated these injuries.
6Training ObjectivesEnsure that ISEAs have the knowledge to specify the correct type of chemical protective glovesIllustrate the importance of selecting the correct chemical protective gloves to best protect Navy personnelEducate ISEAs on the various types of chemical protective gloves available and their advantages and limitationsExplain the chemical protective properties of different glove materialsOffer a suggested glove selection process and illustrate with examplesIdentify sources of technical assistanceThe ISEA is key in ensuring that the appropriate chemical protective glove is selected for each maintenance task.
7Common IssuesChemical resistance provided by different glove types varies greatlyThe appropriate glove type is based on the chemical being usedLanguage used in Fed Specs and other references is oftentimes vaguePresent National Stock Number (NSN) and Mil Spec information is datedSpecs for chemical protective gloves are non-specific and may not provide protection for solvents being usedNSN (Gloves, Rubber, Industrial) is commonly selected even though other gloves types can offer better protection at less costNeoprene provides protection for the widest range of solvents, but no NSNs/Fed Specs exist for neoprene gloves (We’re working with DLA to get them added)Current spec Mil DTL Gloves, Rubber, Industrial July 2000 is “active”, although nomenclature and test issues have been reported to the developing activityAn example of how common the selection of NSN (Gloves, Rubber, Industrial) is illustrated in the following Assist Database Link:https://wsit.xsb.com/query/nsn/results.do?nsn= &method=query&query_type=nsn.query&action_query_type=nsn.query
8Why is Selecting the Appropriate Glove Type so Important? Ensure that the glove selected actually protects against the chemical usedDifferent glove materials allow chemicals to penetrate with or without visible damage to the gloveBulky and/or uncomfortable gloves hinder task performanceThey’re likely not to be used except during inspectionsGlove thickness should reflect the likely hazardAgain, it’s important to remember that not all gloves offer the same level of protection against a particular chemical. Some chemicals go through certain gloves types within seconds while a different glove type may protect against that chemical for hours (or even days!).Examples of solvent penetration of glove material without apparent damage to glove; leather absorbs and acts as a reservoir for release of mercury (test the bottom of shoes in calibration labs); test substances for rubber gloves penetrate intact material (test only looks at physical degradation of the glove material). Gloves are rated as poor for the products their spec describes as either providing protection against Diesel Fuel, Gasoline, or using as test agent Amyl Acetate, Toluene . DLA has been notified about this discrepancy. Nitroglycerin is absorbed via intact skin and many glove materials. (Surprisingly, cotton gloves have been used as one of the better alternatives for ordnance handling).Thicker gloves generally offer better protection… however, this can backfire if the glove is too thick for the maintenance person to perform the work task (they will likely remove the glove and have no protection at all). Many times it’s best to require a thinner glove, particularly if there’s little risk of exposure or if the chemical’s toxicity is low.
9References and Requirements OSHA Protective Equipment Standard29 CFRRequires that PPE be specified in writing and users trained appropriately on that PPEOPNAV InstructionsOPNAVINST G Navy Safety and Occupational Health Program Manual (Chapter 20)OPNAVINST E Navy Safety and Occupational Health Program Manual for Forces Afloat (Chapter B12)Mil Std 3034 (2011) Reliability Centered MaintenanceNAVSEA S9081-AB-GIB-010, latest version, Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM) HandbookOSHA and OPNAV regulations require that PPE requirements be specified in writing (such as in an MRC) and that PPE users be trained on important PPE topics (proper use, limitations, inspection, proper care, storage, etc.).
10Navy PPE Training Requirements OPNAVINST G, paragraph 2013(a)Activities shall provide training to each employee who is required to use PPE to include at least the following:(1) When PPE is necessary(2) What PPE is necessary(3) How to properly don, doff, adjust and wear PPE(4) The limitations of the PPE(5) The proper care, maintenance, useful life, storage and disposal of the PPE(6) Ability to recognize that defective or damaged PPE shall not be usedOPNAVINST E, paragraph B1202(c)Division officers shall ensure that assigned personnel are adequately trained on the type and proper use of PPE required at their work stations…Navy regulations closely mirror the OSHA requirements.
11Chemical Protective Glove Selection ISEAs should cross-check key references to determine the most appropriate glove for a given maintenance task. References include:Hazardous Material User’s Guide (HMUG)Incorporated into Naval Ship’s Technical Manual (NSTM) 670, Vol IIProduct Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)/Safety Data Sheet (SDS)PPE Working Group Chemical Protective Glove MatrixGlove manufacturer websitesISEAs need to be able to address common knowledge gaps among usersGlove materials differ in resistance to penetration by solvents (natural latex rubber, butyl “rubber” and neoprene are very different materials with different chemical resistance properties)“Rubber” glove materials need to be definedGloves can permit solvent permeation without apparent damageAdd verbiage on SDS.
12Chemical Protective Glove Types Manufacturers make chemical protective gloves from many different materialsNitrileNatural latex rubberSynthetic rubbersButyl rubberNeopreneViton ®Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)Multi-layer laminate… and several othersHow do you determine which is appropriate?Chemical protective gloves can be made from a variety of different materials… each offers varying levels of protection against specific chemicals or chemical products.A glove type which offers great protection against one chemical may offer terrible protection against a different chemical.For example:Nitrile gloves protect relatively well against many types of solvents (mineral spirits and kerosene, for example).However, nitrile does not offer good protection against acetone or Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK), which are other common solvents.On the other hand, natural latex rubber gloves do offer good protection against acetone and MEK… though natural latex rubber generally provides very poor protection against other solvents that nitrile protects well against.
14Safety Data SheetsEach chemical and chemical product is required to have a safety data sheetMaterial Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and/or Safety Data Sheet (SDS)MSDS/SDS are stored in the Hazardous Materials Information Resource System (HMIRS)MSDS/SDS provide important informationChemical compositionSafety precautionsHealth hazards and symptoms of overexposureRecommended PPEFederal and Navy regulations require that MSDS/SDS be readily available to all personnel who work with chemicals or chemical products.Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are a part of the new Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and provide similar information as an MSDS but in a more standardized format. See 29 CFR (OSHA Hazard Communication Standard) for more information.The MSDS/SDS give specific hazard data, information on potential health effects, appropriate PPE, first aid measures, firefighting measures, how to clean spills, etcUnfortunately, MSDS/SDS are sometimes very well written and sometimes very poorly written.For example, a well written MSDS will give guidance such as “Use chemical protective nitrile gloves”. A poorly written MSDS will say something like “Wear gloves” or “Use gloves that protect against this product”.Guidance on how to use additional references to help make appropriate PPE decisions even when MSDS/SDS guidance is vague is given in later slides.
15Hazardous Materials User’s Guide (HMUG) Was OPNAVINST until June 2012HMUG has now been incorporated into Naval Ship’s Technical Manual (NSTM) 670, Vol. IIHMUG Contains PPE recommendations and information for 20 chemical groupsEye protectionGlovesClothingFoot protectionRespiratory ProtectionEven though the HMUG is now incorporated in an NSTM, it’s still a great reference for ashore personnel and can be used to cross-check what type of PPE is recommended for many different chemical types.
16Chemical Protective Glove Matrix The Navy PPE Working Group developed a Chemical Protective Glove matrix based on the NSTM 670 Hazardous Material User’s Guide (HMUG)If the Maintenance Requirement Card (MRC) required glove is unavailable, the matrix helps maintenance personnel and their supervisors select a good alternativeThe information in the June 2012 version of NSTM 670, Volume 2, was used to develop the Chemical Protective Glove matrix.
17Chemical Protective Glove Matrix “The Matrix” contains helpful informationInstructions on how the matrix should be usedPhotos of various glove typesNAVSEA’s Standard PMS Item Name (SPIN)National Stock Number (NSN) informationComparison of protection capabilities of various glove types against many common chemical hazardsThe matrix can be downloaded from:Naval Safety Center’s Safety Officer Training Materials web page (see notes)NAVSEA’s Maritime DC and PPE Information Center web page (see notes)Naval Safety Center’s Safety Officer Training Materials web page:NAVSEA’s Maritime DC and PPE Information Center web page:
18Screen shot of the Chemical Protective Glove matrix main page.
19The Chemical Protective Glove matrix also includes general guidance on the type of protection that can be expected by gloves made from various materials against approximately 80 specific chemicals.Above is a screen shot of the protection that can be expected by different glove types against many specific chemicals (this data was compiled from the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) PPE Guide and from North Safety data pertaining to their Silver Shield Multi-Layer Laminate gloves).
20Example Glove Selection Process Identify materials to be used and their chemical compositionAssess the potential exposure riskReview pertinent resourcesConsider worker performance and comfortPertinent references and resources include:- Chemical product MSDS (usually gives chemical composition, safety precautions, PPE recommendations, etc.)- HMUG gives general recommendations for each chemical group- OSHA PPE Guide gives general recommendations by glove type for more than 80 specific chemicals- PPE Working Group Chemical Protective Glove Matrix- Many glove manufacturers post chemical protection charts on their websites
21Identify materials and chemical composition Safety Data Sheets (MSDS or SDS) can helpImportant to have a general sense of the product compositionWhat chemicals make up the product?Remember, not all glove types protect equally against all chemicalsChemical products are generally made up of several (or many) different chemicals.
22Assess Potential Exposure Risk Is the exposure risk high?Immersion or “slathering” (such as in grease application) in chemical?Chemical contamination on glove for long period of time?Is the exposure risk lowIncidental splashes (little or no direct contact with chemical expected)?Gloves changed quickly in case of contamination
23Review Pertinent Resources Review MSDSSome will give specific glove type recommended (such as “use nitrile gloves” (Good!)Others will be non-specific such as “use protective gloves” (Bad! Too vague!)HMUGLikewise, the HMUG guidance is specific for some chemical groups, vague for othersChemical Protective Glove MatrixCan help determine appropriate options if MSDS and/or HMUG recommendations are too vague
24Worker Performance and Comfort Is a high level of dexterity needed?A thick, unwieldy glove may be more protective, but may inhibit worker“Better” protection means nothing if the worker has to remove the glove to perform the taskSometimes a thinner glove is the best optionParticularly if the likely exposure risk is low
26Example #1- Corrosion Prevention Suppose an MRC is being developed that requires the use of Corrosion Preventive Compound (SPIN #00322)Maintenance task involves brushing corrosion prevention compound on partsSuppose the risk of hand exposure is low (incidental splash potential)Which glove provides the appropriate protection?
27Example #1- Corrosion Prevention Step #1: Determine specific composition of compoundMSDS indicates aliphatic mineral spirits (petroleum distillates) and several chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) propellantsStep #2: Assess the potential exposure riskMaintenance task involves no immersion of hands in material, but there is some risk of incidental splashes
28Example #1- Corrosion Prevention Step #3: Review Pertinent ResourcesDetermine HMUG group and check HMUG recommendationCorrosion Preventive Compounds = HMUG Group #15HMUG Group #15 recommends “Rubber Gloves” (vague… there are several different types of rubber)Cross-check glove recommendation in product MSDSMSDS recommends “Oil Impervious” (vague!) gloves
29Example #1- Corrosion Prevention Step #3 (cont’d): Cross-check aliphatic mineral spirits (petroleum distillates) against Chemical Protective Glove MatrixClick on “More Info” in Group #15Scroll down to “Petroleum Distillates”Select appropriate glove typeMulti-layer laminate- ExcellentNitrile- Very GoodNeoprene- GoodNatural latex- Not RecommendedButyl Rubber- Not Recommended
32Example #1- Corrosion Prevention Step #4: Worker Performance and ComfortSuppose this maintenance involves manipulating small screws and other parts, so a relatively high level of dexterity is neededResultsAt the time of this writing, Multi-Layer Laminate gloves are relatively uncommon though they are very protectiveHowever, they would be overkill since the task has a low exposure risk (incidental splash)Nitrile is a good choiceDue to low exposure risk, thin (4 mil or 8 mil), disposable nitrile gloves are a good choice
33Example #2- TolueneSuppose an MRC is being developed that requires the use of Toluene, Technical Grade (SPIN #01391)Suppose this maintenance task involves high risk of contact with toluene (immersion)Which glove provides the appropriate protection?
34Example #2- TolueneStep #1: Determine specific composition of compoundMSDS indicates that toluene (an aromatic hydrocarbon) is the only component of productStep #2: Assess the Potential Exposure RiskSuppose maintenance task involves partial immersion of hands in material
35Example #2- Toluene Step #3: Review Pertinent Resources Determine HMUG group and check HMUG recommendationToluene is a Solvent = HMUG Group #9HMUG Group #9 recommends “Solvent-Resistant” Gloves (vague… which glove is best depends on which solvent is used)Cross-check glove recommendation in product MSDSMSDS recommends “Use Gloves” (vague!)Neither of these recommendations is very specific… we need to keep investigating
36Example #2- TolueneStep #3 (cont’d): Cross-check Toluene against Chemical Protective Glove MatrixClick on “More Info” in Group #9Scroll down to “Toluene”Select appropriate glove typeMulti-layer laminate- ExcellentNitrile- FairNeoprene- FairNatural latex- Not RecommendedButyl Rubber- Not Recommended
39Example #2- Toluene Step #4: Worker Performance and Comfort Results This maintenance task doesn’t involve small screws or other parts so a high degree of dexterity is not requiredResultsMulti-layer laminate, nitrile, and neoprene are options in this exampleAgain, at the time of this writing, Multi-Layer Laminate gloves are relatively uncommon though they are very protective in tasks with high risk of chemical contact and so would make a good choice for this task, if availableNitrile and neoprene are also options since they provide fair protection.However, since the task involves a high risk of contact with the chemical, it’s best to select a thicker version of the glove (13 mil) rather than a thinner version (such as the thin (4 or 8 mil) disposable nitrile) as in the last example
40Example #3- Applying Haze Gray Paint Suppose an MRC is being developed that requires the application of Paint, Enamel, Haze Gray (SPIN #10483)Suppose this maintenance task involves a relatively low risk of contact with paint (incidental splashes)Which glove provides the appropriate protection?
41Example #3- Applying Haze Gray Paint Step #1: Determine specific composition of compoundMSDS indicates that the paint solids are dissolved in an n-butyl alcoholStep #2: Assess Exposure RiskMaintenance task involves brush/roller application with only an incidental splash exposure hazard
42Example #3- Applying Haze Gray Paint Step #3: Review Pertinent ResourcesDetermine HMUG group and check HMUG recommendationHaze Gray Paint is a “Paint Material”= HMUG Group #8HMUG Group 8 recommendsNeoprene gloves for oil-based paintsAny protective glove for water-based paintsHaze Gray paint is oil-basedCross-check glove recommendation in product MSDSMSDS recommends use of “Gloves that protect against n-butyl alcohol”So, the HMUG recommends neoprene gloves and the MSDS recommends gloves which are protective against n-butyl alcohol
43Example #3- Applying Haze Gray Paint Step #3, cont’d: Cross-check n-butyl alcohol against Chemical Protective Glove MatrixClick on “More Info” in Group #8Scroll down to “n-butyl alcohol”There is no “n-butyl alcohol” listed!But a Google search indicates that a synonym for n-butyl alcohol is “Butyl alcohol” (which is listed)Select appropriate glove typeMulti-layer laminate- ExcellentNitrile- Very GoodNeoprene- Very GoodNatural latex- Very GoodButyl Rubber- Very Good
46Example #3- Applying Haze Gray Paint Step #4: Worker Performance and ComfortBrush and roller painting doesn’t require a high degree of dexterityHowever, the exposure risk is low so there’s no need to burden the maintenance person with an overly thick glove
47Example #3- Applying Haze Gray Paint ResultsMulti-layer laminate, nitrile, neoprene, butyl rubber, and natural latex rubber are all good options in this example.Multi-Layer Laminate gloves are relatively uncommon and are way overprotective for this particular application.Neoprene is good but not yet widely availableButyl rubber is very thick and offers low dexterity. Plus, it’s relatively expensive.Natural latex rubber is also relatively thick and expensive.Nitrile is good and widely availableFor this application (where only minimal contact is likely), a thin (4 or 8 mil) disposable nitrile would be fine
48Example #4: Multiple Components What if we have a chemical product with several different chemical components?For example, suppose a paint is comprised of paint solids dissolved in a mixture of solvents?
49Example #4- Multiple Components Step #1: Determine specific composition of compoundMSDS indicates that the paint solids are dissolved in a mixture of n-butyl alcohol, xylene, and toluene solventsStep #2: Assess Exposure RiskMaintenance task involves brush/roller application with only an incidental splash exposure hazard
50Example #4- Multiple Components Step #3: Worker Performance and ComfortBrush and roller painting doesn’t require a high degree of dexterityHowever, the exposure risk is low so there’s no need to burden the maintenance person with an overly thick glove
51Example #4- Multiple Components Step #3: Review Pertinent ResourcesDetermine HMUG group and check HMUG recommendationHaze Gray paint is a “Paint Material”= HMUG Group #8Cross-check glove recommendation in product MSDSSuppose the MSDS recommends use of “Protective Gloves”Again, “protective gloves” is very vague and doesn’t give enough information for a sound decision
52Example #4- Multiple Components Step #3, cont’d: Cross-check n-butyl alcohol, xylene, and toluene against Chemical Protective Glove MatrixClick on “More Info” in Group #8Scroll down to appropriate rowsThere is no “n-butyl alcohol” listed!But a Google search indicates that a synonym for n-butyl alcohol is “Butyl alcohol” (which is listed)
55Example #4: Multiple Components Chemical Protection by Glove TypeSolvent ComponentNitrileNeopreneNatural Latex RubberButyl RubberMulti-layer Laminaten-butyl alcoholVery GoodExcellentXyleneFairPoorToluene
56Example #4- Multiple Components ResultsThe table in this example shows:Multi-layer laminate provides the best protection against the three solvents.All gloves provide good protection from n-butyl alcoholNeoprene, butyl rubber, and natural latex rubber provide poor protection from at least one solvent in the mixtureNitrile provides Fair to Very Good protection against all of the solventsNitrile and the Multi-Layer Laminate provide the best protectionThe Multi-Layer Laminate is relatively uncomfortable and is overkill for the application since the likely exposure hazard is lowNitrile is probably the best option.For this application (where only minimal contact is likely), a thin (4 or 8 mil) disposable nitrile would be appropriateThis example illustrates the importance of cross-checking glove recommendations against specific chemical components whenever possible. If we hadn’t done so, we would have thought that the neoprene gloves were the best choice (not knowing that they offer poor protection against the Xylene component).Once we checked against each of the paint solvents we saw that nitrile gloves actually offered the best protection against the highest number of components.
57What if…What if neither the HMUG, MSDS, or Chemical Protective Glove matrix gives good guidance on the best glove?Support StructureCommand Safety Manager/ Safety OfficerThey may need assistanceSupporting Industrial Hygiene or Safety officesChemical protective glove manufacturersSupporting Naval Sea Logistics Center (NSLC)May need assistance from Naval Safety Center or Navy and Marine Corp Public Health Center
58What Next?Thorough review of the Chemical Hand Protection Training presentation designed for maintenance personnel and their supervisors is highly encouragedThe presentation can be downloaded fromNaval Safety Center’s Safety Officer Training Materials web page (see notes)NAVSEA’s Maritime DC and PPE Information Center web page (see notes)Naval Safety Center’s Safety Officer Training Materials web page:NAVSEA’s Maritime DC and PPE Information Center web page:
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