Safety Considerations for Chemical Industries

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 vapor, 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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Working in cold temperatures can cause hypothermia or dangerous body overcooling. There is also a risk of frostbite or freeze of the extremities (fingers and toes). The risk increases when temperatures go below 50°F/10°C. Ansell offers chemical resistant solutions that also protect and perform in cold conditions.
Workers in chemical industries often need to make precise, repetitive movements that can cause strain to wrists, hands and fingers, leading to the risk of musculoskeletal injury. They may also have the need to wear protective body suits for a prolonged period of time. Ansell offers ergonomic solutions that ease musculoskeletal stress and enhance range of motion to reduce stress on joints, tendons and ligaments with Ansell’s propriety ERGOFORM™ Technology.


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