Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 11:51:44 -0400
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Subject: ProtecPo web database for ppe selection
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ProtecPo, for a better choice in skin protection

The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), and its French counterpart, the Institut National de Recherche et de Sécurité (INRS) developed ProtecPo, interactive software for the pre-selection of polymer materials used in personal protective equipment (gloves, coveralls and boots). The goal of the two institutes is to provide prevention professionals and companies with a tool to help in the choice of the best adapted materials for skin protection, mainly against solvents and mixtures of solvents.

The procedure followed in developing ProtecPo is based on an approach to the interactions between chemical substances and polymer materials, according to the theory established by Charles M. Hansen, the Danish scientist who collaborated in the development of this computer tool.

ProtecPo performs the searches by:
-       solvent or mixture of solvents to obtain a list of recommended materials;
-       family of solvents to obtain results about the compatibility between solvents in the selected family and the materials;
-       polymer material, allowing the user to choose from among the five listed materials (butyl, Viton®, latex, Neoprene® and nitrile).
The application (in French and in English) is now on line on the Web sites of both institutes:
About the IRSST
The IRSST is a scientific research organization devoted to the prevention of industrial accidents and occupational diseases as well as to the rehabilitation of affected workers. The IRSST provides its Internet users with more than 1000 research reports that can be downloaded at no charge.

About the INRS
INRS is a French Institute competent in the area of occupational risk prevention: protecting workers‚ health and safety and preventing occupational accidents or diseases. Its missions include: anticipating needs (with studies and research programmes), raising awareness (via information products, prevention campaigns) and assistance (through technical guidance, information resources, training).

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