Gloves Shoes and Boots

Protection of extremities, specifically hands and feet, may require special gloves, shoes, or boots, depending on the hazard.

For protection against chemicals, gloves are available in several types of materials. Nitrile is commonly used for protection against pesticides. The chemical label or MSDS should be consulted for the recommended type. To protect against absorption of chemicals into a soft inner lining, unlined gloves are generally used. One exception is gloves used for handling anhydrous ammonia, which is extremely cold upon vaporization at ambient temperatures. A soft inner lining is provided as insulation.

Gloves also protect against cuts or abrasions, protect against constant exposure to or immersion in water, provide increased gripping ability, or provide increased sanitation when handing food products. Many different types of gloves are available for virtually any application.

Protective shoes and boots include steel-toed shoes to protect against dropped objects and boots of various materials to protect against water and chemicals. For chemicals, the chemical label or MSDS should be consulted for recommendations. Disposable booties are available in a variety of materials for a variety of applications. Boots or booties should always be worn if there is risk of direct splash of chemical concentrate onto leather shoes, since the leather absorbs the chemical and cannot be cleaned.

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