Personal Protective Equipment Presented by Cynthia Williams and Terri Walker
What Does OSHA Say? • Requires PPE to be provided • To be used • To be maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition • OSHA Rule applies • All hazards, radiological hazards, and mechanical irritants encountered in the work place • And capable of causing injury or illness through absorption, inhalation, or physical contact
The Requirement For Personal Protective Equipment • To ensure the greatest possible protection for employees in the workplace, the cooperative efforts of both employers and employees will help in establishing and maintaining a safe and helpful work environment.
Just What Is Personal Protective Equipment? Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Is Any Physical Material Or Equipment That Is Placed Between The Employee And Workplace Hazards To Reduce The Injury Potential Of The Hazard.
Personal Protective Equipment PPE Is To Be Selected And Provided To An Employee Who Is Assigned Duties Where Hazards Cannot Be Sufficiently Abated Or Removed To Prevent Occupational Injury Or Illness
Just How We Determine Which Personal Protective Equipment Is Necessary • The employer should: • Complete a hazard assessment • Identify and provide appropriate PPE • Train employees on use and care of PPE • Maintain PPE • Periodically review, evaluate and update effectiveness of PPE program
Just How We Determine Which Personal Protective Equipment Is Necessary • The employee should: • Properly wear PPE • Attend training sessions on PPE • Care for, clean, and maintain PPE • Inform appropriate personnel of need to repair or replace PPE
Safety Glasses Goggles Face Shields Helmets Hoods Sleeves Shoes And Boots Mats And Blankets Respirators Gloves Coveralls Many Others Types Of PPE
Eye & Face ProtectionWork Requiring PPE • Working With Molten Metals. • Working With Liquid Chemicals. • Working With Hazardous Gases. • Working With Flying Particles. • Working With Injurious Radiant Energy.
Head Protection - Hard Hats • Class A - Protection From Falling Objects, Bumps, and Voltage Up To 2,200 Volts. • Class B - Protection From Falling Objects, Bumps, And Up To 20,000 Volts Of Current. • Class C - Provides Protection From Bumps And Falling Objects, But No Protection From Electrical Current.
Hand Protection - Gloves • Tape Tops Or Fold To Keep Liquids Out And Off Skin. • Vinyl, Rubber, Or Neoprene Are Adequate For Most Chemicals. • May Need Synthetic Gloves For Petroleum Based Products. • Vibration Absorbing Gloves Work Well. • Leather Or Cotton Are Appropriate For most Abrasive Jobs. • Never Wear Metal Reinforced Gloves Around Electrical Work. • Be Sure Gloves Fit! Gloves Too Large Or Too Small Can Lead To Injuries.
Wrist Protection • Ergonomics plays a part in the need for PPE to protect from carpal tunnel syndrome. The Carpal Mate: Helps Prevent and Provide Symptomatic Relief of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome!
Foot Protection - Boots & Shoes • Steel Toed Safety Shoes And Boots. • Puncture Proof Soles. • Non-Conductive For Electrical Work. • Rubber Or Synthetic Footware Around Chemicals. • Avoid Leather Around Chemicals. • Foot Guards Or Ankle Shields May Be Needed For Some Jobs. • A Static Free Shoe Designed To Drain Off Static Electricity May Be Needed Around Computers
Hearing Protection • Common Workplace Injury. • Gradual Increase Over Time. • Damage Can Be Caused Without Pain. • Incorrect Protection Or Protection Worn Incorrectly Can Be Equally Damaging.
You Need Protection When • Workplace Sounds Are Irritating. • You Must Raise your Voice To Be Heard From Two Feet Away. • Ears Ringing After Leaving Work. • Sound Levels Reach 85 Decibels Over An Eight-Hour Period. • Short Bursts Of High-Pitched, Loud, or Continuous Sounds
Protection Types - Earplugs & Earmuffs • Plugs Offer The Most Protection. • Comfortable And Easy To Insert And Use. • Muffs Made Of Foam Rubber And Must Fit Snugly. • May Need Both In Severe Places. • Must Keep Sound Below 90 dbl.
Torso Protection • Appropriate torso protection • Aprons • Lab coats • Tyvek suits • Coveralls, … • Protect against splashes, spills, liquid chemicals, acids, caustic liquids, and airborne fibers of asbestos.
Respiratory Protection • Respiratory Protection Is Generally Afforded By The Proper Selection And Use Of Respirators. • Respiratory Protection Is Covered Extensively In A Specific Standard • Does not include surgical masks or dust masks.