Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 12:37:44 -0400
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Subject: Re: Latex Glove degeneration

From: "Diane Amell" 
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 11:12:34 -0500
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Latex Glove degeneration

Not to be morbid, but doesn't anyone remember what happened to Dr. Karen
Wetterhahn of Dartmouth College when she used latex gloves to protect
herself from dimethylmercury exposure? Federal OSHA standard 1910.132
requires that a hazard assessment be performed to identify the specific
hazards requiring personal protective equipment and to provide each
employee with PPE designed to protect against the identified hazards.
This requirement includes "appropriate hand protection" against "skin
absorption of harmful substances" under 1910.138. California, being an
OSHA state plan state, would have adopted the same or a more stringent
standard for public employers.

Having said all that, have you checked the building for UV light
levels, including sunlight? It is no friend to either latex or

- Diane Amell, MNOSHA

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