Chemical protection work gloves
USING the right personal protective equipment (PPE) and disposing of it properly is especially important in chemical plants, where workers may be exposed to harsh and even dangerous chemicals.
No disposable safety glove provides perfect protection. Workers must be careful to avoid contact with chemicals as much as possible and clean up spills or broken glass immediately.
If hazardous chemicals are spilled on the hand protection, the safety gloves should be immediately discarded and replaced.
Disposing of used chemical safety hand protection
If the chemical protection safety gear is contaminated with a toxic compound or biomaterial covered by disposal regulations, the work gloves must be handled in the same way as the toxic material, if the material in or on the safety gloves exceeds the limit specified in the regulation.
If the personal protective equipment (PPE) is not contaminated or has been properly decontaminated, it can be incinerated or disposed of in a landfill.
With the ordinary aerobic or anaerobic decomposition processes in chemical protection gloves not forming any toxic products, the work wear can be disposed of in an ordinary landfill.
But the work gloves’ breakdown will be very slow—except for cotton and natural rubber safety products, which are more easily degradable.
A well-designed, properly-operated incinerator should be able to completely burn all types of hand protection and any decomposition product that forms during the incineration process.
The higher the temperature and longer the exposure, the more complete the combustion.