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Correct hand protection from chemicals is critical

Supplier: Ansell Industrial Healthcare
07 December, 2011

With most industries often using many different chemicals, it is critical that workers are issued with hand protection that will provide the highest level of protection for their work environment.

To assist safety professionals and others charged with ensuring worker safety, Ansell has produced a comprehensive glove selection guide. The guide includes details on the most commonly used chemicals and which glove materials are appropriate for maximum resistance to permeation.

According to Ansell, because there is not one glove material that provides resistance to all chemicals, it is important to understand that different protective materials will behave differently when in contact with specific chemicals.

The chart includes CAS registry unique numerical identifiers for chemical elements; compounds, polymers, biological sequences, mixtures and alloys. CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) is a division of the American Chemical Society.

"The data and recommendations contained in this guide are based on the results of laboratory tests, and reflect the best judgement of Ansell in the light of data available at the time of preparation," said Mitchell Mackey, Ansell’s head of marketing.

"The information is intended to guide and inform qualified professionals engaged in assuring safety in the workplace. As the conditions of ultimate use are beyond our control, and because we cannot run permeation tests in all possible work environments and across all combinations of chemicals and solutions, these recommendations are advisory only."

Ansell’s glove chemical glove selection chart can be downloaded here.