Protective clothing has evolved over the past 10 years. From simple garments keeping the dust off your employees to more advanced clothing for chemical protection, IPC has the solution for your application to keep your employees safe. Often times, the use of personal protective equipment is the option to prevent injury or illness for hazards. Workers comp claims can cost a business $10,000+ depending on the injury. Did you know?
Section 25(1) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires employers to
- provide equipment, materials and protective devices
- make sure they are used as prescribed
- maintain them in good condition
The OHSA also requires workers to use or wear the equipment, protective devices or clothing that has been prescribed.
IPC conducts facility assessments in which we will identify the areas where employees should wear protective clothing and determine what types of garments and materials are needed. Selecting the correct clothing for chemical protection is based upon present hazards.
- Level A Protection – When contaminants are present requiring the highest level of protection from skin protection and respiratory protection. These totally enclosed suits utilize the use of either SCBA’s or Supplied Air respirators.
- Level B Protection – When contaminants are present requiring the same protection as Level A for respiratory protection but a lesser protection need for skin protection. These suits are usually NOT totally encapsulating or gas tight.
- Level C Protection – When contaminants are present needing the same skin protection as Level B but do not need the same protection for respiratory. Usually includes applications where the worker uses air purifying respirators and not supplied air.
Besides understanding which level of protection you need, there are other elements to consider. Materials such as Tyvek are available for small chemical splashes. The type of seam you choose is also very important.
- Serged Seams are for low level exposures.
- Bound Seams give a higher protection level for liquids and dry particles.
- Ultra-sonic Seams provide the highest level of protection.
Chemical permeation is a critical challenge in selecting the proper material and garment. Permeation or breakthrough of the chemical of a barrier material is a direct correlation to the concentration and temperature of the chemical and environment as well as the thickness of the barrier material. The higher the temperature the greater chance of faster breakthrough.
There are many materials available for dirty areas. Spun-Bonded Polypropylene material comes in various thicknesses to best serve your application. You’ll also find coveralls from IPC in standard zipper front, elastic wrists and ankles, and attached hood and boot.
At IPC, we care about the safety of your employees. For more information on our protective clothing, contact IPC today. Call us at 877-849-3852 to speak with one of our experienced customer service representatives.