If employees are working in a risky environment that deals with exposure to mechanical, chemical, or biological hazards, the company safety management department should first evaluate the working conditions and take a step towards selecting appropriate personal protective clothing. Decisions are often made based on equipment price and aesthetic considerations but these conditions can often put workers at an increased risk. Another critical consideration before buying protective clothing is the fabric material brand as it governs a lot of safety factors. While it is required to procure good quality of personal protective clothing and equipment, it is also important to be aware of the features pertaining to the good quality of the same.

Some Important Features of Protective Clothing for Biological and Chemical Hazards:

Durability and Strength

Many protective garments are put to the test in regard to strength and durability in many job functions. They not only come in contact with hazardous materials but also with abrasive surfaces, machinery, and rigorous movement by workers. The quality of a garment’s manufacturing is just as critical as the quality of the material. Seam construction, tightness, and strength, as well as sizing and a manufacturer’s quality guarantee, should be evaluated prior to making a garment selection.

Permeation, Resistance, and Degradation in Liquid Penetration

It is the process of chemical dissolving that moves through protective garments whereas degradation is the loss/change of the fabric’s resistance due to chemical or biological exposure. Permeation resistance is based on the concentration and temperature of the hazardous material. The selection of biological and chemical-protective clothing generally depends upon the type and state of the hazardous materials. Fabric material testing outcomes should be duly evaluated and analyzed before selecting the best protective garment for a specific work environment.

Dexterity and Flexibility

Protective clothing should be made using materials that are flexible for the employee to move and work safely during work. Inflexible fabric material causes dexterity issues that may lead to slips and falls, causing further physical damage. Rigid glove materials also cause gripping issues leading to risks.

Comfort and Breathability

A good clothing fit always ensures that protective clothing provides both comfort and adequate protection for the employee. Loose and ill-fitting garments always run a higher risk of restricted movements that can affect work productivity and safety. With respect to breathability, fabric permeability is a major factor and is measured by the rate of airflow in cubic feet, per square foot of sample clothing area per minute. 

These are a few important features to consider before procuring protective clothing for the employees who work in risky scenarios of chemical and biological hazards. In case of any Personal Safety Equipment related queries, you can contact [email protected] or visit http://www.vaidyaglobal.com/advancellsgroup/ppe-kit.php to order your protective clothing today!