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Five key elements important to the success of a chemical protective clothing management program are discussed and illustrated with a case study. These elements are (1) determining the likelihood of skin exposure, (2) identifying the consequences of direct skin contact, (3) establishing the levels of protection provided by available protective clothing, (4) making an appropriate selection and documenting the basis for the selection, and (5) training employees in the proper use of the selected items. These elements form the basis of an ongoing risk/benefit analysis intended to ensure maximum employee protection within constraints imposed by operating and business considerations.
protective clothing, chemical protective clothing, permeation testing, risk/benefit analysis, risk assessment, protective clothing limitations, protective clothing selection, protective clothing use
President, Risk Control Services, Inc., San Francisco, CA
Industrial hygienist, Dow Chemical U.S.A., Midland, MI