Liquids and chemical compounds commonly found in (or generated by) industries such as oil and gas production, mining, assembly, stamping, metal-working and manufacturing are known to be harmful to humans. Equally, many occupations — such as machinery installation and maintenance workers — necessitate constant contact with lubricants and oils that are readily absorbed through the skin and can cause irritation or contamination.
The relative degree of harm varies according to the chemical composition of each specific substance, as well as the probability of direct contact or exposure. Possible undesirable outcomes of dermal exposure to liquids and oils varies widely, with conditions ranging from from skin irritation and allergies (including contact dermatitis), through to more serious complaints in the case of known — or as yet unidentified — carcinogenic compounds.
Many of these potentially harmful materials are an inherent and unavoidable part of the industry sector in which they are found. An equally problematic effect of incidental or sustained contact with liquids is compromised grip, which can easily lead to injury and decreased productivity.
For safety and operations managers aiming to minimise risk, today’s available hand protection solutions incorporate advanced technologies that deliver suitable barrier protection and superior handling capability in both dry and oily industrial applications.