Professional development: PPE – chemical protective gloves and respirators workshop


This session would be suitable for HSW Officers who may be providing advice or need a refresher.

  • Gloves and respirators are common in many lab, clinical, industrial and agricultural environments.
  • Safety data sheets for chemicals often provide non-specific advice or simply refer to “suitable” or “impervious” gloves and respiratory protection.
  • Choosing the wrong glove may lead to more exposure than no glove at all, and may provide a false sense of security
  • What do you need to know? Where can you go to get further information?

Items to be covered:

  • Glove selection and performance – what guidance exists and how reliable is it?
  • How important is temperature, sunlight exposure, abrasion etc? on performance. (case examples)
  • What about mixtures? (what we know and don’t know)
  • How do we test glove performance to get a final answer on suitability? – lab demonstration of permeation test equipment
  • Respirators – selection, use and maintenance issues – demo and Q/A

This will be a hands on session, addressing many practical aspects of the use of gloves and respirators.

The session will be presented by professional occupational hygienists.


When: Thursday 31 August, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Laboratory, 28 Anderson Street, Thebarton (map ref E5)
Cost: Free (Limit of 15 persons)
RSVP : Dino Pisaniello, by 24 August

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