OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 18 Personal Protective Equipment

Section 243 Skin protection

If a worker must handle substances that may damage the skin on contact or be absorbed through the skin, the employer is responsible for making sure that the worker uses effective and appropriate protective clothing or equipment. The performance characteristics of gloves must match the specific hazard(s) that workers will encounter e.g. exposure to chemicals, heat or flames. For example, for protection against chemical hazards, the toxic properties of the chemical(s) must be known, particularly the ability of the chemical(s) to pass through the skin and affect the worker.