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Hand and arm protection is required when the risk of injury from cuts/punctures, burns, chemicals, electrical shock, human blood or body fluids, or abrasive material cannot be engineered out of the workplace. There is not a single type of glove that will provide adequate protection from all exposures. Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for type hazard each type glove will protect against.
Q. Why hand and arm protection is necessary:
A. Protection is required when a work activity may present an exposure to the employee from skin absorption of a harmful substance, extreme heat or cold, burn, cut, puncture, or abrasion. Different gloves must be provided for each type of exposure. Durable work gloves made of metal mesh, coated fabric material or other mesh material may be used for cut resistance. Leather, canvas or other cloth material may be used for protection against abrasions or heat. Chemical and liquid resistant gloves must be referenced from manufacturer's information. A chart is provided with this checklist but consult with the manufacturer for service life, and disposal requirements.
Q. How to identify signs of wear for replacement:
A. Gloves that are torn, split or otherwise damaged may not be worn. Loose gloves may not be worn around moving machinery or where there is a possibility of getting a glove caught in moving equipment. Gloves that have become discolored may be past their useful life. Consult the manufacturer's specification and instructions for replacement of gloves.
Q. How to clean, disinfect, dispose of gloves and sleeves:
A. Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for cleaning, inspecting, and storing gloves or sleeves. For gloves that have been in contact with hazardous chemicals, pesticides, body fluids or other contaminates consult your hazardous waste disposal plan or contact Hazardous Materials Management for information regarding disposal. Call us today at 417-862-2238 for more information.