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1 PROTECTIVE CLOTHING …consideration of the options available for protecting the skin against health hazards

2 BACKGROUND skin: first point of contact protection prevalent occupational disease significant decline in post-OSHA era problems continue

3 PREVENTION OF OCCUPATIONAL DERMATOSES pre-placement examinations ventilation aspects cleanliness protective clothing protective ointments (barrier creams)

4 PRE-PLACEMENT EXAMS careful examination of skin by physician obtain history of skin disease caution with pre- employment patch test Unlikely to help predict allergies Might cause skin problems liabilities to large extent, the employee becomes his/her own reference point

5 VENTILATION dilution and LEV used primarily to protect against inhalation hazards side benefit is the positive impact on general cleanliness minimization of settled contaminants

6 CLEANLINESS …of person, clothes, workplace most important single factor clean-up of machines, tools general housekeeping (floors, walls, ceiling, rafters, etc.) skin and clothing washing, shower and locker facilities

7 PROTECTIVE CLOTHING body suits long coats jackets & pants aprons boots gloves

8 PROTECTIVE MATERIALS natural rubber neoprene polyvinyl alcohol nitrile butyl leather others

9 DEFINITIONS breakthrough time penetration permeation degradation

10 SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS permeability contamination of inside of clothing regular cleaning routine inspection

11 EPA/NIOSH ENSEMBLES Level A: SCBA, totally encapsulating suit, gloves, chemical boots, + Level B: SCBA, hooded chemical- resistant suit, gloves, chemical boots, + Level C: full-face or half-face APR, hooded chemical-resistant suit, + Level D: no respirator, coveralls, gloves, boot coverings, +

12 PROTECTIVE OINTMENTS vanishing cream types facilitate removal of chemical water-repellant (lanolin, wax, silicone) oil-repellant (methyl cellulose, silicates) light screens protect against UV special reactive ingredient types particularly useful with gloves

13 DESIRABLE PROPERTIES protective ointments: non-irritating non-sensitizing easily applied adhere to skin during work activity removed easily after completion of work

14 PPE RESOURCES /otm_viii_1.html /otm_viii_1.html clothing/ clothing/ 179.pdf 179.pdf ct.htm#appendix%20a ct.htm#appendix%20a d001100/d001051/d html d001100/d001051/d html


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