PPE Safety Wear
Footwear, Boiler Suits, High Visibility Clothing, White Disposable Overalls, Eye Protection, Safety Helmets, Ear Defenders, Safety Glasses, Protective Gloves, Face Masks, Fall Arrest Harnesses
When engineering, work practice and administrative controls are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, employers must provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to their employees and ensure its use. Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as “PPE”, is equipment worn to minimize exposure to a variety of hazards. Examples of PPE include such items as gloves, foot and eye protection, protective hearing devices (earplugs, muffs) hard hats, respirators and full body suits.
In addition to noting the basic layout of the facility and reviewing any history of occupational illnesses or injuries, things to look for during the walk-through survey include:
Sources of electricity.
Sources of motion such as machines or processes where movement may exist that could result in an impact between personnel and equipment.
Sources of high temperatures that could result in burns, eye injuries or fire.
Types of chemicals used in the workplace.
Sources of harmful dusts.
Sources of light radiation, such as welding, brazing, cutting, furnaces, heat treating, high intensity lights, etc.
The potential for falling or dropping objects.
Sharp objects that could poke, cut, stab or puncture.
Biologic hazards such as blood or other potentially infected material.
Training Employees In The Proper Use Of PPE
Employers are required to train each employee who must use PPE. Employees must be trained to know at least the following: