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SAFETY 2018

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COATINGSPRO SAFETY 2018 9 Better Safe Than Sorry insulation lining with unique microfibers to trap air between the wearer and the outside, thus keeping hands warm. Made from gold goatskin leather, these gloves provide flexibility and softness while including breathable polyester-knit backs to offer a balance of ergonomics, dexterity, and durability. e gloves feature padded palms to enhance impact protec- tion and better absorb shocks and vibration, while hook and loop wrist closures help hold the gloves securely to the user's hands. e product meets the EN 388 Abrasion Level 3 standard for significant abrasion resistance. "Saf-T-Gard realized the need for a mechanic's glove that included thermal properties to enable protection in colder climates," said Executive Vice President Loren Rivkin. Other popular suppliers of various glove solutions for hand protection include Carolina Glove, Protective Industrial Products (PIP), and Superior Glove. Protective Apparel and Footwear W hile areas surrounding the head and hands are often most exposed for contractors, any body part can be subject to injury when on the job and dealing with dangerous materials and equipment. To address these other locations, DuPont is one company that manufactures a wide variety of protective coverall garments through its Ty vek and Tychem brands. "Both Ty vek and Tychem garments would be appropriate for coatings contractors because a lot of the coatings products are chemical-based with complex chemical mixtures," said DuPont's Tartaglia. "ere is a potential chemical exposure risk as well when you think of applications involving silica. W hen mixing sand to make cement, you have to think of particulate exposure to silica, and that's where Ty vek garments can offer protection. It acts as a barrier to prevent the penetration of particles." Besides silica, Tartaglia said protective garments can also be of use when dealing with potential concerns over lead exposure. "If a contractor is doing some sort of surface preparation involving lead-based paint removal, that could be another exposure of concern," he said. " Ty vek really has superior performance when it comes to protecting workers from exposure to a wide range of hazardous and nonhazard- ous particles." DuPont's Ty vek Dual Coveralls are particularly popular among coatings contractors, Tartaglia said, because they offer a combination of a Ty vek garment in the front and a large breathable panel of SMS fabric on the back. "From a coatings standpoint, many operations take place in a spray booth where you've got proper ventilation that draws air from the back of the worker and sweeps across him or her," he said. "e exposure is primarily frontal in nature, so the breath- able back helps to reduce heat stress." However, Tartaglia noted that it is possible for the hazardous material to saturate through the garment and still expose the worker. "If the overspray and contact to the garment is light, all the volatile compounds flash off, so primarily resins and other solids are contacting the garment," he explained. " Ty vek is breathable, but Tychem fabrics are not because they have barrier coatings on them to prevent the permeation of liquids. If a spray booth is not well designed and the contact is too heav y, it is possible for materials to saturate through the fabric and expose the worker. In a situa- tion like that, you'd have to upgrade into a Tychem garment There are several options for apparel, including for protecting against materials and the environment. And some companies offer protection of both, such as Tyvek's Dual Coveralls, which reduce exposure and heat stress. Foot protection and hi-vis apparel are often used in the coatings industry. Companies such as ZIPPKOOL are offering options in apparel to help mitigate environmental stressors, such as heat stress, too.

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