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Evaluation of the efficacy of nitrile gloves when exposed to chemical mixtures

Heard, Rachel E (2020) Evaluation of the efficacy of nitrile gloves when exposed to chemical mixtures. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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Hands are a common exposure site for chemicals, and as such, gloves are a core component of PPE (personal protective equipment). In order for a glove user to be certain that they have adequate protection, they need to know how a particular type of glove will react to the specific chemicals or chemical mixtures they will be encountering. This can only be achieved by specific testing of gloves against the exact chemicals that will be interacted with. Existing research tends to focus on the efficacy of gloves in relation to single chemicals or compounds; however, much practical work with chemicals (such as counter-narcotics, counter-terrorism activity, and even industry) involves chemical mixtures. A chemical mixture may result in variations to breakthrough time and permeability of the glove material. For the most accurate information, testing needs to mimic the real-world scenario in which the glove will be used as accurately as possible. The aim of this literature review was to examine the existing research in relation to gloves, to determine areas where further research is required. Further research into the efficacy of gloves in relation to chemical mixtures is recommended in order to gain a better understanding of the protective capacity of gloves. This research should cover both a range of glove types, as well as a range of chemical mixtures that the gloves will be interacting with.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Supervisor(s): Speers, James and Norman, K.
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