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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Coverall Selection: Chemical Protection

Applying DuPont™Teflon®industrial coatings is not always the cleanest job. It also can be dangerous, with hazardous substances in the air that should not be breathed in or allowed to come in contact with the skin or clothes. Teflon® coating applicators are exposed to chemicals that could potentially harm the body, as well as ruin any work clothes they come in contact with. Shop workers need coveralls and other personal protective equipment to keep safe and clean from overspray, dry particulates, and liquid splashes. Three important factors to consider when choosing coveralls are style, size, and chemical protection. This article will discuss chemical protection.

When choosing coveralls, it is important to figure out which coveralls will resist the chemicals you are exposed to during the work day. They must resist permeation, degradation, and penetration to be used when applying DuPont Teflon® industrial coatings. Permeation is the dissolving of molecules through the material, which would allow chemicals to touch the skin. Degradation is when the material physically changes due to chemical exposure or rough use. Penetration refers to chemicals getting under the garment through the zipper, seams, or rips in the material. Coveralls are designed to protect against harmful substances, so the material must overcome all of these factors. 

Coveralls are important in the industrial coating shop environment because they add another layer of protection against the hazardous materials that must be handled carefully every day when spraying DuPont™ Teflon® industrial coatings. Wearing coveralls, gloves, respirators, safety glasses, and any other protective garments will help make your shop a much safer workplace.

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