The amount of safe working time you have
Calculated with the Permasure app as mentioned above, your safe-use time dictates how long you can wear your Chemmax chemical suit whilst maintaining full protection. When your safe-use time is reached the chemical suit must be disposed of and replaced.
Using a chemical suit past the safe-use time no longer guarantees the wearer safety. The fabric can no longer withstand chemical permeation, leaving the skin open to absorb the chemicals, which could lead to both short and long term health effects, including cancer.
Chemical spray and vapour are often not seen by the naked eye and cannot be differentiated from natural bodily fluids such as sweat, which is expected to also be present on the wearer when working in these kinds of chemical suits. There is no way to detect your contact with chemicals safely, other than the safe-use time.
Even with superior protection like Chemmax, wearers still need to consider all the above. Wearing chemical protection past the safe-use time can cause serious harm, as well not knowing what chemicals you are working with or not taking into consideration temperature of the working space.
These interchanging elements are part of what makes working with chemicals so dangerous, the risk could differ from one day to the next, so it is important to constantly assess, making use of the Permasure App, and advice from experts in Safety.
We have barely even scratched the surface on Chemical Protection, but we have selected the most crucial points for you to know. If you have any questions please get in touch or visit the useful resources below for in-depth chemical protection information.