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Chemical Protective Clothing

Last updated: July 3, 2018

What Does Chemical Protective Clothing Mean?

Chemical protective clothing is workplace protective clothing used to protect the worker from exposure to chemicals. It should not be viewed as a replacement for proper handling and safety engineering methods. OSHA safety data sheets use the phrase "wear impermeable or impervious" clothing. However, no material will remain permanently impervious to a chemical. The focus should be on choosing protective clothing that adequately protects from the hazards of a specific job and meets the specific tasks of a job.

Safeopedia Explains Chemical Protective Clothing

In selecting chemical protective clothing, you should first complete an accurate description of the jobs that will be undertaken. All hazards involved should also be identified. This should include a list of the chemicals involved in the job. The flexibility and touch sensitivity required should also be identified. You should also determine how long the worker will be in contact with a chemical. In addition, you need to account for the hazards that may be presented by the protective clothing itself.


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