May 16: Choosing Gloves to Protect Against Nanoparticles

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Because the growing use of nanotechnology is increasing workers’ risk of exposure to substances whose health effects still aren’t well known, IRSST researchers developed a method for measuring the efficacy of the materials used to make gloves that protect the wearer from nanoparticles. Based on their research, they recommend taking care when choosing and using this type of PPE and regularly replacing protective gloves that are worn, especially thinner gloves and gloves that have been exposed to nanoparticles in colloidal solutions.