Safety Considerations for Chemical Industries


The chemical industry is comprised of companies that produce industrial chemicals by converting raw materials into different products. It contributes $5.7 trillion dollars (7%) of the world’s GDP. Did you know that there are over 159 million chemicals registered with CAS and approximately 10,000 new chemicals are added every day? There are 120 million workers in the Chemical industry and many of them come in contact with significant hazards every day. It’s critical to understand the complexities of new chemicals, chemical reactions and new chemical combinations to ensure safety in chemical manufacturing so that workers can be equipped with the most appropriate hand and body protection.

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Workers in chemical industries are exposed to hazards in a variety of ways. To understand the risks from exposure to chemicals, it is important to know the potential means for contamination, such as vapour, spray, splash and immersion, and the route of exposure to the worker, such as inhalation or skin absorption. Many studies from OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) have shown that absorption of chemicals through the skin can occur without being noticed by the worker. Additionally, many workers in the chemical industry encounter additional risks, beyond just chemical exposure in their jobs while working with various tools, processes and applications. Ansell’s world-leading portfolio of multi-hazard PPE, and our expertise in chemical permeation knowledge can ensure workers in the chemical industry are kept safe.

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Exposure to heat creates significant danger for workers in chemical industries. Ansell’s industry-leading chemical protection portfolio offers solutions following the appropriate standards when working in hot conditions with needed chemical resistance, while decreasing the risk of burn injuries.
As a result of COVID-19, workplaces must consider the need to protect against the spread of illness and viral infection. Ansell offers a wide range of solutions that comply with the World Health Organization’s guidance regarding infection prevention and control. In order to make an informed decision, product purchasers and users should stay abreast of the latest and most complete information regarding appropriate PPE to protect against COVID-19 and other viruses in their specific environments and applications.


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