Personal Protection

General Handling Guidelines

An essential requirement of personnel protection is good personal hygiene. Workers who handle Dequest products should wear clothing dedicated to the workplace. At the end of the working shift, the operators should shower and change to normal street clothes. Special attention should be paid to contaminated uniforms, coveralls and other clothing. Separate storage facilities and laundry arrangements should be in place to prevent dispersion of any chemical contamination. Launderers should be given special instructions on handling clothing contaminated with any process chemicals.

All chemicals should be stored in such a manner as to avoid spills and contact with personnel. The following general procedures should be observed in all areas where Dequest products are used:

  • Industrial grade protective goggles, gloves and clothing should be worn to avoid contact of chemicals with skin and eyes. In some cases, acid-resistant fabrics (e.g. polypropylene) should be used.
  • Inhalation of dust and vapor should be avoided. Respirators should be used where needed.
  • No food or drink should be taken into or consumed in working areas.
  • Hands should be washed before eating, drinking, smoking or using the toilet.
  • To avoid possible accidental ingestion of chemicals or ignition of flammable materials, smoking should not be allowed in a chemical handling area.
  • Everyone should be familiar with eye wash facility locations and know how to use them.
  • Personnel should shower at the end of the shift or day, especially if working in atmospheres containing dusts or fumes.
  • Good quality, chemical-resistant safety shoes or boots be worn to prevent spillages reaching the feet.