Depending on the level of exposure, chemical burns can cause permanent skin and tissue damage, and even death. And a chemical burn injury can cost your company millions of dollars in OSHA fines, hospital fees, legal costs, lost productivity, increased insurance premiums and reputation damage.
The types of PPE required to protect against chemical hazards are determined by the kinds of chemicals present and the level of possible exposure for employees. PPE can include protective lab coats or coveralls, chemical-resistant gloves and boots, goggles, and in extreme cases, even fully enclosed chemical suits. Depending on the other hazards present in a given work environment, these items may also need to be flame-resistant (FR).