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A Guide To Chemical Protective Clothing

Christine O'Kelly
Aug 22, 2008
When working in a research laboratory, within the chemical cleanup industry or in any job where there is exposure to dangerous chemicals, the health and well-being of your employees is of paramount concern. Whether it is chemical protective clothing for the field or white lab coats for the laboratory, employee safety is easy to maintain when working with potentially hazardous chemicals.

Protection For Your Employees

The major areas of concern when it comes to chemical exposure are contact with eyes and skin. While the eyes are protected with safety goggles, skin exposure is prevented with chemical protective clothing. Think of the usual cliche of the scientist, pocket protectors, and a large, white lab coat. That coat represents the first line of defense between the scientist and harmful chemical exposure.

White lab coats first protect from exposure to harmful, chemical dust. Within the lab, when a scientist is working with chemicals in powder form a dust mask is worn to prevent inhalation of the chemicals. Without chemical protective clothing, the scientist can carry the dust out of the laboratory in their regular clothing. Without a protective dust mask, inhalation of chemicals becomes possible as well. White lab coats can be disposed of well before the risk becomes a reality.

Disposable chemical protective clothing also provides some protection against splash hazards. For workers working with spray resins or paints, full body garments prevent any skin exposure or transfer of chemicals into safe inhalation and contact zones.

Disposable Laboratory Clothing

The biggest feature of these items of protective clothing is their disposable nature. Most disposable clothing garments are made from recycled content, providing safety while being inexpensive to manufacture. When purchased cheaply through a supplier, these garments can easily be discarded after use to minimize cleaning costs, especially in environments where bulk chemical exposure can occur, such as automotive painting, machine shop operations, chemical cleanup, and so on.

Various Levels Of protection

Depending upon the work environment, the level and target areas of exposure vary. The available protective clothing items available also differ. From protective hoods, shoes, and sleeves that protect where brush exposure may occur, to white lab coats and pants for laboratory work, and full body suits where exposure to any part of the body can be hazardous, the line of available chemical protective clothing is quite significant. No matter the model, when exposure occurs, all one needs to do is dispose of the protective garment.

Any worker whose job involves exposure to harmful chemicals should have the opportunity to protect their health with disposable protective clothing. Industries that make the well-being of their employees a top concern should provide chemical protective clothing and white lab coats to ensure the safety of employees who work with potentially hazardous chemicals. From lab coats to disposable full body suits, disposable protective clothing is a cost effective way to protect your valuable employees.
About the Author
Christine O'Kelly is an author for MPE Protective Apparel, a supplier of chemical protective clothing and white lab coats since 1987.
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