DATE: August 15, 2010TO: USP Employees & ContractorsFROM: USP Operations Superintendents/Operations ManagersSUBJECT: USP Glove GuidelineHistorically, hand injuries have made up a significant portion of our total hurt index. Although personalprotective equipment (PPE) is the last line of defense against hand injuries, we still need to focusattention on it since it functions as our one last chance to prevent hand injuries.Effective immediately, USP Management has endorsed the following USP Glove Guideline for use inour work areas. The guideline applies to employee and contractor activities.Gloves currently being used MUST be evaluated using this document to ensure that they meet ourminimum criteria.This USP Glove Guideline is available via the USP Business Processes Globalshare, and will beattached to Exhibit G (Safety, Health, and Environmental Requirements attachment) to service contracts,both new and currently in effect.___________________________________________________________________________________While the objectives of this guideline are covered in detail on the following pages, the guidelinerequirements are summarized below in quick-read format:Base-case glove use requirement (effective immediately): Improved-technology impact resistant gloves (examples: KONG, GUG, GGT5, Oil Rigger HD, etc.) must be used for daily routine tasks. NOTE: When confronted with choosing another glove, one must clearly justify that Improved Technology, Impact Resistant gloves are not appropriate for the task. This type glove must be used until the scope of the task compels greater manual dexterity or the use of specialty gloves (See Figure 1 – Decision Tree). Employees and contractors must wear gloves the entire time they are present in field and plant process work areas and worksites, and will take them off only to write, interface with keyboard- type equipment (examples: Intel-a-trac units, total flow computers, gas monitoring equipment, etc.) and to see to personal needs.Posters showing approved gloves are being developed for prominent placement in all field and plantoffices and on all process area bulletin boards. These posters will be prominently displayed, particularlyat points of ingress to worksites and process areas to remind employees and contractors of the newrequirements.Important: Reference the decision tree on the next page and the rest of this package for detailedguidance on glove selection and hand safety.
1 ObjectiveThe objective of the USP Glove Guideline is to provide guidance to USP employees and contractorsworking for USP regarding our expectations for glove use for all work-related job tasks on USP locations(does not address office-based job tasks).The use of gloves will not prevent all hand injuries; the primary focus should always be to eliminate handexposure to pinch points, crush points, impact zones, etc. In rare occasions there will be times whengloves will need to be temporarily removed (for some small, specific task); however it is expected thatprior to a worker removing his/her gloves, all potential hand injury risks present in the workplace will beappropriately evaluated and mitigated.For consideration to eliminate & mitigate hazards, one should plan their work to avoid contact with pinchor crush points, hand traps, hot surfaces, and sharp edges. Survey the planned tasks for adjacent strikepoints that could be hit if the tools you are using slip or lose purchase on the work piece, then select thegloves that are appropriate for the tasks to be performed.2 Basic RequirementsA. Gloves MUST be worn when present in the field and plant and should not be removed until the tasks that involve hazards are complete.B. Jobs MUST be evaluated to determine what specific hand protection is required. Appropriate gloves (i.e., impact resistant, cut resistant, electrical resistant, etc.) for the specific job task should be worn until that task is completed. For example, but not inclusive: • “Improved Technology” gloves MUST be worn while performing all tasks until the scope of work compels changing to special purpose PPE. This includes use of hand tools and power tools, opening and closing block valves, rig work, hand excavation, all pipe handling, structural assembly, and carrying or shifting materials and equipment. • Cut-resistant gloves (steel mesh or equivalent) MUST be worn during work that involves knives or other cutting tools (e.g. food preparation, install/remove equipment insulation cladding, sharp edge activities). • Chemical resistant gloves MUST be worn when using any type of cleaning solvent or chemical Note: Individuals MUST review the MSDS to determine the appropriate level of PPE required, including gloves). • Food handling gloves MUST be constructed of Nitrile or Vinyl and should be changed routinely between tasks or when soiled. Latex gloves MUST NOT be used in food handling (due to the potential for cross-contamination and allergic reactions).C. Gloves should be used, maintained, and discarded according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.D. Permit-to-work systems and job safety analysis MUST identify the appropriate gloves.
E. “Improved technology” gloves having the following characteristics are acceptable (see Table 1.2 for examples of “New Technology” gloves that meet these criteria). • Thermo Plastic Resin (TPR) impact protection to the hand and full length of the fingers • High visibility to the palm and dorsal areas of the hands • Adequate grip; good dexterity; anti-fatigue properties • Penetration/cut protection • Weather/environmental protection (where applicable)F. Barrier creams CANNOT replace gloves; however, barrier creams should be used selectively to provide increased protection against contact dermatitis and irritation caused by chemical exposure to any exposed skin.G. When changing from gloves used for daily routine tasks, consideration should be given to using break-away glove clips to ensure that other appropriate gloves (e.g. specialty or gloves used for greater dexterity) are available at all times (examples are in the appendix).H. Incident reports MUST capture the following data for all finger/hand/wrist incidents and should include photos safely simulating the incident with the same glove type used. Corrective actions MUST consider improvements in hand protection including glove enhancement suggestions. • Did pre-job planning specify glove requirements? • Were gloves being worn at the time of the incident? • Type of glove used (general purpose, leather, chemical, electrical, light duty, etc.). • Manufacturer/model of glove used. • Area of hand or wrist affected by the incident.I. Every worker should reference the USP Glove Guideline to select the appropriate gloves for each job task they may perform. Local PPE and glove training MUST address the following: • Proper selection and acquisition • Proper use • Limitations • Care instructions • USP Glove Guideline documentJ. These guidelines are not intended to address office-based job tasks (paperwork, keyboarding, etc.). However, these guidelines do apply to certain work-related job tasks that may occur in the office setting (cleaning, carpentry, electrical, etc.).K. New gloves, and new glove designs, will come into the market place; please provide feedback to RSO on evaluation of new products.3 ExceptionsA. This guideline does not cover the selection and use of specific hand protection/PPE pertaining to qualified workers performing tasks that present a potential hazard from shock, electrocution, or electrical flash burn. Specific PPE requirements are outlined in the Upstream Safety Manual (USM) Section 8.8 as outlined per NFPA 70.
The table below lists various glove types, with primary benefits and common uses for each. Table 1.1 Glove Type Primary Benefit Common Uses “Improved Technology” Daily • Protects from impacts / All work as base case (i.e., routine/general purpose caught between hazards daily routine/general-purpose gloves with dorsal / full- • Provides adequate grip and work; handling pipe, hand and finger impact protection TPR dexterity power tools, and materials with (Thermo Plastic Resin) • Provides warmth (where rough surfaces). applicable) • Cotton work gloves shall no • Cuts/puncture resistance longer be used for most • Washable and reusable daily work; however they may be used for light-duty tasks. “Improved Technology” • Protection from minor cuts Partial Impact Protection - Increased Dexterity Gloves and abrasions • Field work activities with with partial impact protection • Abrasion resistance finer dexterity is required; • Excellent grip eg: fine electrical (de- • Good dexterity energized) or • Comfortable and machine instrumentation work washable Cut resistant glove for food • Protection from knife/ • Catering; cutting & food preparation cutting injuries and cuts preparation • Chain mesh • Dyneema / Steel core • Kevlar Heat resistant or Insulated • Protection from thermal • Welding, operating Leather exposures cryogenic equipment, • Burns (hot or cold) • Working on equipment around engines, boilers, and steam lines Chemical resistant Protection from chemical • Handling chemicals such • Butyl Rubber exposures as acids, caustics, soda • Nitrile • Skin contact ash, most hydro-carbons, • Polyvinyl Alcohol • Skin irritation or absorption pesticides and cleaning • Neoprene • Chemical burns products • PVC • Viton • Note: The MSDS must be reviewed to determine appropriate level of PPE Electrical insulated Protection from electrical • Work on electrical (Voltage Dependent) exposures equipment • burns and shocks Medical evaluation/ response Protection from exposures • First aid, emergency • Latex (not for use in • Blood-borne pathogens response handling food) • Mild detergents • Nitrile Food Handling Protection from exposures • Food preparation not • Nitrile • Blood-borne pathogens involving cutting, • Vinyl • Mild detergents • glove liners
This table lists some of the currently available gloves that meet USP minimum criteria for daily routinework gloves. NOTE: The table is not exclusive and other gloves that meet the criteria can be used. Table 1.2 Improved Technology -(Daily routine task gloves w/ dorsal TPR impact protection) Purpose Protects from abrasions / cuts, from impacts / caught between hazards. Provides adequate grip and dexterity and warmth (where applicable). Common Uses General-purpose work and surveillance; hand tool use, pipe handling, opening and closing valves, lifting/carrying, and materials with rough/sharp surfaces. Manufacturer Glove Model HexArmor GGT5 Ironclad KONG, GUG, RWG, Super Duty MCR ForceFlex Oil Rigger HD Mechanix Mpact 2 & 3 Ringers Roughneck West Chester R-SeriesThis table provides the recommended glove type for handling specific chemicals in operations (not an all-inclusive list). Table 1.3 Chemical/Product Name Recommended Glove Type Acetone Butyl Rubber Amines Nitrile Breaxits with Naptha, Toluene, and Xylene Polyvinyl Alcohol Chlorine Neoprene Cleaning Solvents Nitrile Corexit (s) with Isopropanol Nitrile Corexit (s) with Gluteraldehyde Neoprene Crude, Condensate, NGLs Nitrile Diesel Fuel Nitrile Ethylene Glycol Nitrile Gasoline Nitrile Greases Nitrile Inorganic Acids (i.e., Sulfuric Acid) Neoprene or Nitrile Inorganic Bases (i.e., Caustic Soda) Neoprene or Nitrile Lube Oils/Napthas Nitrile Methanol Butyl Rubber Methylethyl Ketone Butyl Rubber NAF (Non-Aqueous Fluid) Neoprene or Nitrile OBM (Oil Base Mud) Neoprene or Nitrile Pesticides Nitrile Sulfur Compounds Neoprene Trichloroethane, 1, 1, 1 Polyvinyl Alcohol Varsol Nitrile
Table 2.1 Example Impact Resistant Gloves (Examples; not an all-inclusive list) Benefits include: • Thermo Plastic Resin (TPR) impact protection to the hand and full length of the fingers • High visibility to the palm and dorsal areas of the hands • Adequate grip • Anti-fatigue properties • Penetration/cut protection • Hot/cold weather environmental protection (where applicable) • Comfortable • Washable • Not a one-size-fits-all; offers a size-appropriate glove for individuals
Table 2.2 Cut Resistant Gloves(Examples; not an all-inclusive list) Uncoated Cut Resistant Gloves • Cut resistant • Soft, comfortable Dyneema, wrapped around a stainless steel core • Can be laundered and bleached repeatedly for long glove life Encapsulated Stainless-Steel Cut Resistant Gloves • Cut resistant • Unique elastic cover banding in cuff for comfort and safety with color-coding for size identification • Durable, flexible and ambidextrous • Washable and bleach safe Steel Mesh Gloves • Cut resistant • Easily cleaned and sanitized • 3” cuff offers additional wrist protection • Flexible and ambidextrous • Comfortable, without excessive hand fatigue Cut Resistant Gloves • Unique polyurethane coating with a slip resistant grip • Kevlar, Spectra and stainless steel construction • 3” cuff offers additional wrist protection • Color coded cuffs provide easy size identification • Not for general-purpose work • Good for handling glass or sheet metal
Table 2.3 Partial Finger / Dorsal ThermoPlastic Resin Impact Protection (for Dexterity) and Specialty Task Gloves (Examples; not an all-inclusive list) • Partial Finger / Dorsal TPR Impact protection • Good for every day partial impact potential jobs and increased manual dexterity • Protection from cuts and abrasions • Abrasion resistance • Excellent grip • Good dexterity • Comfortable and machine washable Examples: MCR’s 900 or 907 Series Glove Mechanix’s FastFit Glove or Utility Glove Ringer’s QuickFit West Chester’s 86110 All Task Glove Ironclad Super Duty • Neoprene - Protects against cuts, abrasions, organic solvents, oils, greases, and petrochemicals • Nitrile - Offers excellent abrasion resistance; protects against solvents and chemicals • PVC - Protects against most acids, fats and petroleum hydrocarbons; excellent liquid and solvent protection. • Butyl Rubber - Resistant to oxygenated solvents and most oxidizing chemicals • Polyvinyl Alcohol - Excellent chemical resistance against polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs), aromatic hydrocarbons, esters, aliphatic and organic solvents, and most ketones • Heavy leather • Full leather gauntlet cuff • All seams fully welted • Turned leather hems • Flame-resistant sleeves • Heat, flame and spark protection • Constructed of a seamless rubber with the glove class marked on the cuff • Electrical gloves and protector gloves MUST be selected based on the class of glove required to do the job Note: ONLY QUALIFIED electricians should perform electrical work.
Table 2.3 Specialty Task Gloves (cont.) (Examples; not an all-inclusive list) Nitrile or Latex • Abrasion resistant • Puncture resistant • Good dexterity • Comfortable • Rated for medical usage Nitrile or Vinyl • Abrasion resistant • Puncture resistant • Good dexterity • Comfortable • Rated for food handling Gloves Clips (Examples; not an all-inclusive list) Glove Guard, Handi Klip, Utility Clip or Glove Grabber • 15 lb. break-away design • Keeps gloves at hand while using other types of gloves • Strong grip • Interlocking teeth
Improved-technology - Impact Resistant Gloves (e.g. - KONG, GUG, GGT5, Oil Rigger HD, etc.) These must be used for routine daily tasks.
Glove Selection Table 3 Daily Routine Tasks Tasks requiring manual dexterity Specialty Tasks Specialty gloves for Full finger/dorsal TPR¹ impact protection Partial finger/dorsal TPR impact protection Other Hand Protection task executionManufacturer Model # Model # Refer to Table 1.1 HexArmor² HexArmor GGT5 4020 Ultimate L5 Mechanics 4018 Partial finger / dorsal TPR Note: Leather gloves HexArmor GGT5MUD 4021 glove 4023 impact protection gloves may be used for HexArmor Impact Hi Viz 4026 Chrome 360 4022 are preferred for these carpentry work unless Chrome Series Cut 5 tasks, however, there are there is a potential for Ironclad minor exceptions: hand impact. KONG Original IPWSDX0 SuperDuty SDG KONG SuperGrip IPWSDXG Ranchworx RWG Neoprene coated cotton KONG Cold Weather 0 Workcrew WCG gloves may be used if the IPWSDX General Utility GUG only potential hand hazard W I-Viz IVO/IVG is dust / dirt exposure Cold Condition CCG Heavy Utility HUG Bare hands may be used in MCR MCR Force Flex HV100 MCR Force Flex ZB100 the work area for brief MCR Force Flex HV200 MCR Force Flex B100 periods if gloves do not MCR Force Flex HV300 MCR Force Flex Y200 provide sufficient dexterity MCR Force Flex Y300 for: MCR Multi Task 900 • Writing MCR Multi Task 907 • Utilizing flow computers or other electronic Mechanix M-PACT ORDH SHD-91 M-PACT SMP-91 monitoring or M-PACT 2 SP2-91 FastFit SFF-91 communication devices M-PACT 3 MP3-05 Original SMG-91 Cold Weather MCW2-08 Ringers Roughneck 267 Heavy Duty 213 Roughneck Shortee 257 Impact 146 Roughneck Vented 258 Extrication 314 Roughneck Insulated 266 Hi Vis Rescue 347 Authentic 133 Quickfit 113West Chester R² Safety - Orange 86713 Brute 86540 R² Safety - Blue 86712B Safety 86525 R² Safety - Winter 86711 Box Handler 86650 R² Safety - 86710B Tank 86500 Extreme Cold Weather 96650 Job 1 86150 ¹TPR – Thermo Plastic Resin (protects from impact/caught between hazards) ²HexArmor gloves are also cut and puncture resistant 3 This list is provided as a guide and is not all inclusive, when additional gloves are located or desired, contact the RSO Safety Group for guidance