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Understanding Chemical Glove Standards

Chemical-resistant gloves are made with different kinds of rubber: natural, butyl, neoprene, nitrile and fluorocarbon (viton); or different types of plastic: polyvinyl chloride, polyvinyl alcohol and polyethylene. The thicker the glove, the greater the protection, although thick gloves can reduce grip and dexterity. Protection Against Chemicals and/or Micro‑Organisms This shield identifies gloves that are resistant to chemicals and micro‑organisms. The shield must be accompanied by at least a three digit code. The codes correspond with the code letters at the bottom of this post that show which chemicals the gloves have been exposed to for at least 30 minutes without breakthrough occurring.

Safety Footwear Selection Guide

Get the right boots for the job with ATOM Safety's guide to selecting safety boots. If you're still not sure what boots you require, reach out to the ATOM Safety team for assistance. Fastening Pull On Pull on boots feature elastic sides that stretch to allow the boot to be easily pulled on off. The loose sides are convenient but provide very little ankle support. Lace-Up Lace-up boots enable you to get the best tension possible. If laced correctly they provide good ankle support. Zip Side Zip side boots also utilise laces to ensure the best fit and ankle support, but allow for quick on and off. Boa® The Boa® Closure system utilises stainless steel and nylon laces that are controlled by a

Eye and Face Protection - When, Where and How

When Should You Wear Eye and Face Protection? Impact rated eye or face protection must be worn whenever there is risk of an outside contaminant, whether it is visible or not, making contact with the eye or face and causing damage. Projectiles, dust, chemicals, heat and extreme light can all potentially harm the eye. Examples of when impact rated, eye protection must be worn are: During sawing, chipping, grinding, machining or drilling When there is potential exposure to chemicals or chemical splash When degreasing, plating or handling acids or chemicals When exposed to UV radiation or intense light During welding, casting or hot dipping In high heat scenarios When there is risk for projecti

What safety vest is right for your worksite?

Before choosing the right safety vest for your working conditions it’s important to understand the difference between day and night safety vests. All safety vests increase the visibility of the wearer to those around them and are a form of personal protective equipment (PPE). High visibility (or hi-vis) vests are particularly important for workers that operate around moving machinery and vehicles, such as those working in shipyards, airports, warehouses, railroads, construction and traffic control. Day Safety Vests The fluorescent nature of safety vests means that during the day the special pigments in the material act to capture and reflect ultraviolet light from sun rays to make the vest s

Features of Safety Gloves

Hands are one of the first body parts that are unknowingly put at risk every day, so selecting a glove that is going to allow you and your team to do the job efficiently is very important. We all work in different environments and deal with different hazards. Therefore, the requirements for each job are different. Each job or task requires a risk assessment in order to help determine the most suitable glove. Once this is done, you are faced with a large range of possible glove options consisting of different liners, materials, coatings and many other features. Cut & Sewn VS Dipped Cut and sewn gloves are made from a sheet of fabric which is cut to a hand template and sewn together. These ca

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