In some work environments, liquid chemicals may be limited to partial body parts, not requiring the same protection level for the full body. In such cases, partial body protection can be a rational choice for several reasons.
Comfort and mobility: It can offer more ventilation for comfort in hot or humid environments, as well as more movement freedom.
Cost-effectiveness: It is more economical for cost-conscious situations like large-scale industrial workplaces, or where PPE is required but constraints on a limited budget.
Ease of use: It is quicker and easier to don and doff compared to full body coveralls, saving time and effort. This can be beneficial in situations where frequent garment changes are necessary.
When deciding on partial or full body protection, workers should conduct a comprehensive risk assessment, check chemical permeation data for actual safe use time, and select appropriate protection to minimize occupational incidents.