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Flammable chemicals petrol

SEVERAL types of static control dissipative/low charging chemical resistant work safety glove styles are available for use with petrol, flammable liquids and other volatile fuels — depending on the specific chemicals handled.

Nitrile, neoprene and butyl are the most common work glove polymers used in electrostatic discharge (ESD) controlled areas. 

Unsupported nitrile or neoprene safety gloves are best for jobs requiring versatility and durability.

For physically demanding applications such as valve assembly, line breaking or general maintenance, supported nitrile or neoprene hand protection against volatile fuels and chemicals may be best, depending on the grip, flexibility and durability required. 

Vinyl personal protective equipment (PPE) is also a good choice for these types of tasks if they can resist the types of chemicals used. 

Consulting an Ansell expert can help you make the right safety gear decision. 

The ESD control will depend on the entire system rather than a single product.

Environmental conditions, appropriate grounding and even air ionisation should be considered if it is critical to eliminate ESD events.

Also keep in mind that not all work safety gloves are made the same — even if they contain the same polymer. 

You should always request electrical property data from your hand protection manufacturer to assure the work safety gear you choose meets the static dissipative/low charging performance required for your application.

Written from information supplied by
Ansell Technical Applications Chemist Nelson Schlatter, 2011

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