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  • Thrud

    Your teacher is justified in worring about the gloves snaging. However I am sure OHSA would have something to say regarding exposure to the chemicals. Nitrile gloves are used in the semiconductor industry because of the high tear strengh and puncture resistance - their chemical protection varies from material to material.

    I thing they are a good idea purely from protecting from the fluids and metal slivers. They should not be loose fitting however.

    I use latex gloves - they tear way to easily. Nitrile is better for most applications. Some chemicals attack different materials this need to be considered in choosing glove material.

    You should be aware that if you call OSHA your school may get in deep, deep s--t over this.


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  • bdarin
    Been handling oily stuff most of my life, have never had a skin reaction to any of it. I guess a predisposition to allergens is a genetic thing and I just got lucky. As for liver damage, that's more as a result of the alcohol that machinists consume after work.

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  • Uncle Dunc
    I just got a latex glove out and tried stretching it. Grabbing one finger with my right hand and the rest of the glove with my left, I could stretch it more than three feet, and the glove did not fail, my arm strength was the limiting factor. Then I tried a pair of pliers on one fingertip. The pliers tore a patch out of the tip, but not before it had stretched about six inches.

    But even if the gloves are weak enough to break away, can you depend on having enough reaction time to jerk your hand out before it gets tangled in the works? This little experiment persuaded me I'm not going to wear gloves around moving machinery. For layout and bench work, yes, but not around moving machines.

    As an alternative, I've had good success with barrier cream. There are two general categories, for wet work and for oily work. I've only used the one for oily work. I can't say how well it protects the skin from absorbing toxins, but it shields me from grimy oil well enough that just a light soap and water wash leaves my hands stain free.

    Also, if I just slow down a little bit and take the time to wipe the oil or solvent off with a rag before handling the parts, I can mostly avoid getting any on my skin.

    [This message has been edited by Uncle Dunc (edited 06-25-2002).]

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  • abn
    started a topic Using latex/nitrile gloves while machining

    Using latex/nitrile gloves while machining

    I am familiar with the "no gloves" policy of machine safety...and I wouldn't wear anything that could get entangled in a moving machine and draw me into it.

    However, the first machine shop teacher I had stated that there is also significant danger of liver damage and varied skin conditions from prolonged exposure to cutting fluids, lubricating oils, and solvents common to the machine shop. He suggested that students purchase and use latex or nitrile gloves to protect from this exposure...stating that the gloves obviously are not strong enough to pull ones hand into the machine, and therefore don't violate the "no gloves" rule. I've used gloves while machining and wrenching since then.

    My current shop teacher will not let me use rubber gloves.

    My question is if any of you know of an applicable OSHA or equivalent rule regarding this that I can give to the teacher? I just wanted to get some input before I go searching for a regulation that may or may not exist.

    Our school safety video did mention dermititus and exposure to fluids but suggested frequent hand washing as a remedy. I've worked in a hospital before and I know the result of constant hand washing...Dermititus. Plus this remedy does not address toxic affects on the liver. Thanks for listening.

    [This message has been edited by abn (edited 06-24-2002).]