Skin Protection


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Are you exposed to these skin hazards at work:
Dermatitis (rashes, itches, swelling, other irritations)?
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Sensitization (allergy-like reactions to chemicals as a result of overexposure)?
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Burns?
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Cuts, bruises, infections, and other wounds?
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Frostbite and other results of exposure to cold?
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Protection from hazards. Do You:
Consider burn, cold, and chemical risks to skin before starting your job?
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Check hazard and protecitve information on container lables and MSDSs before handling chemicals?
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Cover as much of your skin as possible?
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Use protective clothing required by MSDS and safety training?
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Make sure that clothing protects against specific job hazards?
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Ex:
Insulated gloves for cold
Insulated or leather gloves for heat
Fire-retardent fabric for open flame
Reflective fabric for radiant heat
Insulated rubber gloves for electricity
Neoprene or nitrile rubber gloves for corrosives
Use appropriate barrier creams or lotions when other types of protection cannot be used , such as working with moving machinery?
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Inspect protective clothing before use and remove anything with rips or tears from use?
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Minimize contact with chemicals when removing protective clothing?
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Clean and rinse chemical protective clothing thoroughly before putting it away?
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Store gloves right-side out?
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Skin Protection tips. Do You:
Use the least hazardous chemical that will do the job?
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Keep chemical containers closed when not in use?
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Follow MSDS instructions for chemical handling?
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Bandage any small scrapes or cuts before putting on gloves or protective clothing?
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Wash skin promptly and thoroughly after working with hazardous chemicals; shower when necessary?
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Clean hands with appropriate material (not solvents or industrial cleaners)?
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Wash and dry skin thoroughly at the end of work?
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Report any skin problems that develop on the job?
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First Aid for skin problems. Do you know what to do for:

Chemical exposure? Call immediately for medical assistance. Flush affected area promptly in safety shower (body), eye wash (eyes), or sink (hands) for at least 15 minutes. Wear gloves to remove any exposed clothing.

Burn? Soak minor burn in cold water, then put on sterile bandage. Get medical attention for blisters or chars.

Cut? Wash with soap and warm water and cover with sterile bandage. Get medical attention for large cut that bleeds heavily.


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