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JAN 2018

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COATINGSPRO JANUARY 2018 37 WORK IT SAFE Because power tools are so common in construction, workers are constantly exposed to a variety of hazards. The very tool that makes their jobs easy and efficient may one day be the cause of a tragic accident. It is good to be reminded of common sense safety practices. Tool safety tips: Never carry a tool by the cord. Never yank the cord to disconnect it from the receptacle. Keep cords away from heat, oil, and sharp edges (including the cutting surface of a power saw or drill). Disconnect tools when not in use, before servicing, and when changing accessories, such as blades, bits, etc. Avoid accidental starting. Do not hold fingers on the switch button while carrying a plugged-in tool. Use gloves and appropriate safety footwear when using electric tools. Store electric tools in a dry place when not in use. Do not use electric tools in damp or wet locations unless they are approved for that purpose. Keep work areas well lit when operating electric tools. Ensure that cords from electric tools do not present a tripping hazard. Remove all damaged portable electric tools from use and tag them: "Do Not Use." Use double-insulated tools. For more information, contact: www.osha.gov e industry standard for tensile strength of disposable gloves is 14 MPa (2,175.6 psi). A glove's thickness used to have a direct correlation to its tensile strength. But with innovation and technological advancement, nowadays thinner gloves are reaching the same tensile strength as thicker gloves. Most disposable gloves won't have their tensile strength advertised, but it will become obvious when looking at the price tag. Two gloves that seem similar in every way except that one is $3.00 less will probably tear more easily. Disposable Gloves Used in Construction W hen it comes to choosing the right glove material for your application, the two most common options are nitrile and latex. Both options will work well in the construction industry. e real decision comes down to cost and aller- gies. In the past few years, latex has become a cause of concern for people with sensitive skin, who can have aller- gic reactions to latex. Since nitrile is a synthetic material, it won't cause allergic reactions, but it will be about 15 percent more expensive than latex, on average. ere are several types of dispos- able gloves that are used in the industry. • Masonry Disposable Gloves. If you're working with cement, mortar, grout, or stucco, then you should consider wearing disposable gloves. When these materials are wet, they are abrasive, caustic, and absorb moisture. If you're handling these materials without hand protection, you are at risk for caustic burns. Cement burns can cause skin irrita- tion, hard and red skin, and blisters. In these scenarios there are a couple of options for protecting your hands: 1. Single thick glove: These will protect your hands without limit- ing dexterity. Due to the thickness of glove, this option may not be desirable on hot days. 2. Double gloving: Wearing a thin disposable glove as a base layer and a palm-coated string-knit glove over top will increase the life of your top glove and may be more comfortable compared to a single thick glove. • Drywall Gloves. One of the most common complaints we hear is that people don't have enough dexterity when they're working. One of the industries where that complaint is most common is with drywallers. We've tried in the past to create gloves that account for every hazard that drywallers face (and there are a lot!), but they just aren't inter- ested in wearing them because of the lack of protection. While disposable gloves won't protect a drywaller from cuts, scrapes, and bumps, they will protect workers from the ingredients in drywall joint compounds. Used to hide drywall seams, these compounds are made from ingredients such as talc, calcite, mica, gypsum, and silica. (Most of the risk from these ingredients appear if inhaled, so be sure to wear a facemask.) But these ingredients can also dry out your skin and cause contact dermatitis. This can be acute or chronic depending on your contact with the substances. What's in the Glove e price of nitrile gloves, or any disposable glove for that matter, depends largely on the availability of the raw materials. Supply and demand will always play a role in the cost of gloves. Butadiene, one of the key ingredients in making nitrile, is in high demand due to increased manufacturing of items, such as car tires. If the facilities manufacturing Safety Watch

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