From: "Stuart, Ralph" <Ralph.Stuart**At_Symbol_Here**KEENE.EDU>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Always Inspect Gloves Before Removal
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2018 11:49:44 +0000
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I think that this is a good reminder about the limitations of PPE in general and lab PPE in particular...

- Ralph

Always Inspect Gloves Before Removal
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Type: Lessons Learned
Publisher: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
Date: March 23, 2018
Topics: Chemical Safety, Occupational Safety and Health, Laboratory

An employee wearing nitrile gloves while handling a small vial of hydrofluoric acid noted that the vial was more full than normal. After removing the cap to allow pipetting of a small volume, the employee saw a small drop of liquid above the left hand. The employee removed both gloves, washed and dried their hands, and donned clean gloves. While removing the left glove upon conclusion of the work, the employee felt a "stinging sensation" on the left wrist. When working with any material that may contaminate your gloves (or other PPE), carefully inspect it for potential contamination before removing. Any time you detect contamination on PPE and replace it, but do not change the condition(s) that caused it, you should assume that the replacement PPE could be contaminated.

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
603 358-2859


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