PVC Glove 5.5

PVC Glove 5.5

Remember: Gloves reduce the chance of skin contamination but do not provide absolute protection. Wearing gloves can also increase exposure risks from any chemicals or other contaminants already on the skin Selecting Gloves Make sure you choose the right type of glove for the hazards involved and...

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Remember: Gloves reduce the chance of skin contamination but do not provide absolute protection. Wearing gloves can also increase exposure risks from any chemicals or other contaminants already on the skin

Selecting Gloves Make sure you choose the right type of glove for the hazards involved and make sure they are the correct size.

Vinyl (PVC) gloves are usually adequate to protect against grime, or where you are using gloves to protect the material you are handling e.g. clean room work or food handling. 

Disposable gloves are intended for single use only to guard against splashes or incidental contact with chemicals. They must be changed after any splash or spill.

The glove should give a comfortable, close fit against your fingers. A glove that is too tight can cause skin rashes and is liable to tear in use. A loose-fitting glove interferes with your grip.

Remember to protect the skin above your glove. The sleeves of your laboratory coat should overlap the top of the glove during work. For greater security, tuck your sleeve into the cuff of the glove.   Single use, disposable gloves should be changed immediately after any splash. Chemicals may quickly pass through or damage disposable gloves, particularly where the glove is of poor quality or incorrect material for the chemical.  

When working with hazardous substances it is important to change your gloves at the appropriate frequency determined by the breakthrough time.  Even for low hazard operations or where the glove is being worn to protect the work, sweat and otherwise low hazard chemicals can build up inside the glove which can lead to dermatitis and other skin problems. Change gloves at least every half hour to avoid this.   Rinse and dry your hands well between use. Avoid touching ‘clean’ surfaces such as telephones or door handles to minimise accidental contamination. Never wear gloves outside the laboratory. If hazardous materials have to be transported between labs use secondary containment.

Take care when removing your gloves so you do not touch the outer surface. If double gloving, pull off the first glove so it turns inside out. Use this clean inner surface to hold the second glove while you pull it off.  Always wash your hands and dry well after removing your gloves. Gloves worn in the lab should be considered hazardous waste and, depending on the nature of that hazard, should be  put into the appropriate waste stream. On no account should gloves worn in laboratory or other areas where hazardous materials may be handled, be placed in none hazardous ‘black bag’ waste. 

Always rinse well to remove soap residues after washing your hands.  

Never use chemicals such as paraffin or acetone to clean your hands. They remove the natural oils from your skin and cause dermatitis.   If you have to wash your hands often, then use a moisturising cream afterwards. These replace the natural protective oils which are removed through washing. Barrier creams may also be effective in preventing dermatitis.

If you do develop a rash, or dermatitis— sore, cracked or inflamed skin immediately inform your supervisor and local Safety Officer and  contact the Occupational Health Department for advice and to make an appointment.

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