A typical SDS contains 10-15 pages of information. But don’t assume it will tell you everything you need to know.
Do I Need to Wear Gloves ?
In WHMIS 2015 there are 3 different hazard statements that are used to highlight dangerous skin or dermal contact.
Fatal in contact with skin
Toxic in contact with skin
Causes severe skin burns
When working with these types of hazards an employee should be wearing gloves.
What Your SDS Says
In a sample of ten products with an SDS that contained one of the above statements we found the following information on hand protection:
1/10 – A simple clear answer on the type of glove to wear.
2/10 – Mentioned a type of glove buried in a paragraph of 220 words!
7/10 – No glove type identified, only generic information.
Most SDS’s do not provide the simple clear information an employee needs to use the product safely.
In fairness it is a challenge to identify the type of glove to wear when specific usage, glove availability and other local conditions are not known.
What Your Company Says
Ultimately it is your company who is responsible for identifying and providing the correct gloves for the specific product and its usage. Your company can use information from government websites, seek recommendations from their suppliers and consult with their Joint Health and Safety Committee to determine the answer.
Once the type of glove has been selected, the information needs to be shared with all employees. The best way to do that is in a simple summary that shows employees the product, the hazards and the gloves to be used.
Rillea’s SDS RiskAssistTM software platform will help you do this quickly and accurately. It allows you to identify all products with skin/dermal hazards. From this complete list you can identify the type of glove or gloves that will best meet your needs from a safety, convenience and cost perspective. Then you can add the type of glove to each product summary so employees can easily see what they need to wear – and why.
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