Ansell’s safety solutions against oil

ActiveArmr-AnsellThe ActivArmr gloves enable users to handle wet or oily objects with less grip force and more control. (Image source: Ansell Healthcare)Oils and degreasers are a common sight in a wide array of industries where removal of oil and lubricants from metal parts is part of the manufacturing or processing operations

While most people understand that oil is a chemical and requires hand protection, it also needs to be recognised that many degreasing agents may be toxic and contact with the skin should be avoided.

Degreasers that remove lubricants and machine residues from components are defined as chemicals, as are other liquids that clean metal by washing dirt, grease and oil from surfaces. Oil-based degreasers are often toxic and may contain dangerous chemicals found in traditional cleaners and degreasers. Common chemicals found in degreasers include methyl ethyl ketone (also known as MEK, butanone, oxobutane or methyl acetone), acetone, toluene, glycol ethers, and other fluorinated and chlorinated solvents.

Even where non-toxic degreasers are used, degreasers mixed with the material removed from metals often contain hazardous chemicals and need to be treated the same way as any other toxic substance.

David Nicholls, marketing director of oil and gas at Ansell, said, “Maintaining a positive grip on slippery components due to lubrication coating is also important in terms of safety and productivity."

The ActivArmr® 97-120 gloves incorporate revolutionary Ansell Grip Technology® and Ripel® to enable users to handle wet or oily objects with less grip force and more control. “The unique Ansell technologies across our ActivArmr®, AlphaTec®, HyFlex® and Microflex® product brands offer better grip, liquid repellence and cut protection with increased flexibility and dexterity. This makes Ansell the ideal choice when working in the oil and gas industry,” added Nicholls.

Ansell Worker Experience Innovation delivers solutions across core oil and gas tasks including support with global R&D, sales and customer service. Ansell is a partner to the industry and committed to delivering increased productivity through better comfort and increased comfort.

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