If you handle chemicals without protecting your hands, you’re exposing yourself not only to skin damage but also to damage to your nervous system and vital organs. You also risk developing skin irritants, oversensitivity and corrosion damage because of the chemicals. Mind that burns are for life.
Because safety is also a priority in our own workplace, we have, together with our supplier Prosafco and manufacturer Ejendals, carried out an examination for the most suitable protective glove when handling our cleaning products. This study showed some interesting results in such a way that we have switched to the correct glove for the relevant chemical detergent in our warehouses.
We would like to share this information with you.
What have we taken into account when choosing the suitable gloves for chemical protection?
- A glove that gives good protection against a certain individual chemical may give very poor protection against a mixture of chemicals.
- As a rule, chemical protection gloves are intended for single-day use. They must not be re-used.
- A used glove is chemically contaminated and there is a risk that the skin will be exposed to harmful substances when it is handled.
- Higher temperatures shorten the time it takes for the chemical to break through.
- Thicker materials generally mean longer breakthrough times.
- Once a chemical has been absorbed, it continues to break through the protective glove.
- Permeation through a protective glove takes place at the molecular level and is therefore not visible to the naked eye.
- Even the best gloves lose their protective properties if they are mechanically damaged or if the chemical has broken through the material.
- Strongly corrosive chemicals can destroy the glove material by breaking it down before the specified breakthrough time.