Attention Automobile Painters: Wear the Right Gloves!

In your auto repair shop, you understand that your employees come in contact with hazardous and toxic materials on an everyday basis. This is especially true for your automobile painters. Last week, we discussed the importance of gloves and your responsibilities as an auto body shop employer. This week, we would like to dig deeper into the types of gloves you should be providing to the painters in your shop.
First, never make the mistake in choosing gloves based on the price. Cheaper is not better! There are some gloves that will NOT provide the same level of protection as others. For example, painters should never wear latex gloves. Latex gloves may be a cheap option, but they offer little to no protection because they quickly degrade after being exposed to many chemicals that are found in paint materials.
A better choice would be to look into Nitrile gloves. This type of material provides a better barrier to most paints and organic solvents. Nitrile gloves can provide better safety and usually only costs about $10 per box of 100 pairs. However, do NOT think these gloves will protect you from ALL chemicals. Certain solvents are stronger than others, such as methyl ethyl ketone. This chemical could pass through nitrile gloves, especially during direct immersion. A more expensive option, such as butyl rubber gloves, may be better if you will be immersed in these chemicals for longer than a few minutes.
The best way to make sure you are providing the right gloves is to speak with your glove distributor and have them help you identify the right gloves that will protect your employees from the specific chemicals and products you are using.
By providing the right gear, equipment and gloves to your workers, you may be avoiding the worst case scenario. The last thing you need in your shop is to be short staff because employees are out and collecting workers compensation! Of course, your garage insurance policy is ready to handle workers compensation claims and injuries, but it is still best to avoid if possible. Follow the advice above and you will be lowering this risk and keeping your employees safe, healthy and happy.
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