When I worked the oil rigs, rules were: even before you walk out the door, your gloves better be on. One of the exceptions were tools that require better dexterity such as inspection tools and other tools that were small in nature and impractical to use with gloves on. I was an inspector and I had to take photos. Procedure: Walk up the area where photos were to be taken. Stop, look around for any hazards, take gas detector readings and then and only then, remove your gloves. After photos in that area are taken, do not leave area until your gloves are back on. Another exception that is left up to individuals is ladder climbing. The kind of built in steel ladders with the round rungs. It is totally up to the individual to determine if he feels safer climbing with or without gloves. This are standard practices (in writing, in the handbooks) in the Gulf of Mex oil industry as well as every refinery I have ever been to. I'm sure if the oil industry can get away with it, it complies with OSHA standards and policies. There are almost always exceptions to every rule.
Tony B Retired woodworker, among other things.
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