Ensuring Safety: The Importance of PPE for Handling Chemicals

Ensuring Safety: The Importance of PPE for Handling Chemicals

Published by Jodie Armstrong on 6th Jun 2024

Handling chemicals in any setting poses significant risks. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential for minimising these risks and ensuring safety.

In this blog post, we will explore the types of PPE necessary for handling chemicals and the reasons why each is crucial.

Types of PPE for Handling Chemicals

1. Gloves: Protect hands from chemical burns, irritation, and absorption.

Product recommendations: DF054 Nitrile Gauntlet Gloves x PairDF087 Green Nitrile Gloves x 12.

2. Safety Goggles: Protect eyes from splashes, vapours and particles that can cause irritation or damage.

Product recommendations: SA124 Ultra Vista GogglesSA125 Safety GogglesSA108-C Safety Spectacles Clear.

3. Overalls: Protect skin and clothing from chemical splashes and spills.

Product recommendations: DG063-W Biztex SMS Boiler Suits White x 50.

4. Respirators: Protect respiratory system from inhaling toxic fumes, vapours, and dust.

Product recommendations: SA053 P3 Valved Respirator x 10.

5. Face Masks & Shields: Provide additional protection to the face from splashes and sprays.

Product recommendations: DG021 Medical Face Mask IIR Non-Woven x 50SA160 Numatic Reusable Face Shield.

6. Footwear: Protect feet from spills, splashes, and chemical penetration.

Product recommendations: DG100 Disposable Overshoes Blue x 100DD160 Total Safety Wellington Boots Black.

Why PPE is Essential

1. Prevent chemical burns: Direct contact with certain chemicals can cause severe burns. PPE provides a crucial barrier, protecting the skin and eyes from harmful substances.

2. Avoid respiratory issues: Inhaling chemical fumes, vapours or dust can lead to serious respiratory problems. Respirators filter out these harmful particles, ensuring clean air.

3. Protect against absorption: Some chemicals can be absorbed through the skin. Wearing gloves and protective clothing prevents this.

4. Prevent eye irritation: Eyes are particularly vulnerable to chemical exposure. Goggles and face shields prevent contact that could result in irritation, damage, or blindness.

5. Minimise cross-contamination: PPE helps to ensure that chemicals do not transfer from one area to another.

6. Enhance safety in case of spills: Accidental spills are a common hazard when handling chemicals. PPE minimises the risk of injury and exposure during such incidents.

7. Compliance with regulations: Occupational safety regulations mandate the use of appropriate PPE. Compliance ensures workplace safety and avoids legal repercussions.

The use of PPE when handling chemicals is not just a recommendation - it's a necessity. To discuss your PPE requirements, call a member of our team on 01904 787834.