To Protect Against…
- Toxic substances: Wear the impermeable chemical-resistant clothing recommended by the MSDS (often rubberized or neoprene).
- Corrosives: Wear impermeable chemical-resistant clothing (rubberized or neoprene) that fully covers the body.
- Highly toxic or corrosive substances (Level A): Wear a fully encapsulated chemical-resistant suit.
- Fire (flames, sparks, molten metal, etc.): Wear protective clothing made of fire-resistant fabric.
- Radiant heat: Wear protective clothing made of heat-resistant fabrics or aluminized protective clothing.
- Extreme cold: Wear insulated protective clothing designed for working in very low temperatures.
- Abrasion, splinters, or cuts: Wear cotton or heavy cotton duck clothing.
If you’re unsure what type of protective clothing you need, ask your supervisor.
AND REMEMBER … Protective clothing doesn’t eliminate the hazard.
But it does protect you from the hazard if you:
- Select the right protective clothing for the hazard.
- Make sure your protective clothing fits properly.
- Wear appropriate protective clothing whenever you might be exposed to the hazard.
- Maintain your protective clothing in good condition so that it can do its job.
Reprinted with permission of Safety National