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Proper PPE In The Workplace
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is geared for individual safety while performing any type of potentially hazardous work. Available PPE ranges from safety glasses, hard hats, gloves and lab coats, to HazMat suits, respirators and more. Below are types of equipment used everyday to protect individuals from injury or illness. Be sure to use the proper PPE in your work environment for the safety of you and your colleagues.
HEAD & HEARING PROTECTION
Head protection (a hard hat) is required when engaged in hazardous work such as construction, tree trimming, or under catwalks. Potential danger of a falling object, electrical shock exposure or burn to the head requires a Class A, B, or C hard hat. Protect your ears from noise and vibrations that can permanently cause hearing loss while on the job. Refer to OSHA’s publication 3074 to understand what sound level in decibels are permissible. Hearing protection options include: Single-use earplugs, pre-formed or molded earplugs, and earmuffs
EYE & FACE PROTECTION
Appropriate eye and face protection, such as safety glasses, goggles, and face shields, must be used to protect against the hazards associated with flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids and caustic liquids, chemical gases and vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation.
Respiratory protection should be used to protect against inhalation hazards of chemical and physical properties when engineering and administrative controls are not adequate. Choose either air-purifying or atmosphere-supplying respirators depending on the toxicity and concentration of the hazardous material.
High visibility safety vests, and aprons may protect against hazards, such as chemical splashes, and low-light situations. Lead aprons and shielding are used to prevent radiation exposure.
Depending on the environment will depend on the type of hand protection that must be worn to protect hazards of skin absorption of:
- Harmful substances – Synthetic gloves
- Severe cuts or lacerations – Leather, canvas, or metal mesh gloves
- Severe abrasions, punctures – Leather, canvas, or metal mesh gloves
- Chemical burns & thermal burns – Aramid fiber gloves
- Harmful temperature extremes – Aluminized gloves
From energized electrical conductors that may come into contact with the feet, to falling or rolling objects, or objects that could pierce through the sole; footwear must comply with the ANSI 7-41-1991 standards. Toe guards, combination foot and shin guards, electrical conductive, or electrical hazard, and safety-toe footwear, may be required depending on the work engaged.