How often do work gloves need to be changed?
Where chemical protective gloves are concerned, you must pay attention to the prescribed duration of use. After a certain period of time, the glove will be permeated with the chemical product thus losing its protective function. If a work glove shows signs of damage, it should be replaced immediately. It is also worth wearing several suitable gloves in alternation over the course of a day. This reduces the softening of the skin caused by permanently sweating inside a glove. Protective gloves that are stored away dry out in the meantime.
Can disposable protective gloves sufficiently protect against chemicals?
In general, disposable protective gloves are not chemical protective gloves. For example, they cannot be used for cleaning in hospitals. However, there are individual products of this category on the market which offer limited protection to chemicals. They are indicated with a “beaker glass” or an “Erlenmeyer flask”. The underlying tests relate only to certain chemicals, however. For this reason, it is worth checking exactly which substances these disposable gloves protect against. Disposable gloves should be used for splash protection and be disposed of immediately in the event of contact with a potentially hazardous substance.
Where is the correct chemical protective glove noted in the safety data sheet?
Point 8 of the safety data sheet contains specifications regarding personal protective equipment and at a minimum should provide information on suitable glove materials and the minimum thickness of the material. If the method of processing the product is known, according to legislators, the manufacturer of the chemical product should cite a glove product as specifically as possible.
If the specifications in the safety data sheet are not conclusive, you can ask for help from the chemicals manufacturer, the manufacturer of the protective gloves, the relevant social accident assurance association or the PPE specialists at the Hoffmann Group.