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Personal protective equipment (PPE) protects the wearer from injuries, hazardous substances, dirt and other conceivable external influences. Depending on the area of application and the material used, the hazard potential and thus the necessary protective clothing varies.
Simple measures such as head bonnets,disposable gowns and overshoes are mainly intended to keep dirt out, but do not protect against chemicals or other liquids. They are therefore assigned to PPE categories I+II.
Chemical protective suits belong to PPE category III, where a high risk to workers is assumed. They allow the wearer to work even in chemically contaminated environments. If a chemical protective suit is used, the eyes and mouth should also be protected by protective goggles and breathing mask.
In addition, you can also find original Guttasyn aprons in our shop, which provide effective protection against chemicals and moisture.
However, protective clothing not only protects the employees, but also the manufactured products. A protective bonnet is also used when the material used must not be contaminated by accidentally falling hair or skin flakes.
What do I have to look out for in a protective suit?
It must be ensured that the protective suit is resistant to the materials used. The information can be found on the resistance list. Other states of aggregation and strong temperature fluctuations must also be taken into account. At high temperatures in the working area, additional cooling may be necessary in the protective overall so that the wearer does not overheat. This can be done by cooling waistcoats or a ventilation system in the suit.
Finally, care must be taken during an operation to ensure that the suit is not damaged by sharp-edged objects and that the wearer is not contaminated. Therefore, always check the integrity of the suit before and after wearing it.