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Personal Protective Equipment: 

Personal Protective Equipment

Protecting Employees from Workplace Hazards: 

Protecting Employees from Workplace Hazards Employers must protect employees from workplace hazards such as machines, hazardous substances, and dangerous work procedures that can cause injury Employers must: Use all feasible engineering and work practice controls to eliminate and reduce hazards Then use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) if these controls do not eliminate the hazards. Remember, PPE is the last level of control!

Engineering Controls: 

Engineering Controls If . . . The machine or work environment can be physically changed to prevent employee exposure to the potential hazard, Then . . . The hazard can be eliminated with an engineering control.

Engineering Controls (cont’d): 

Engineering Controls (cont’d) Initial design specifications Substitute less harmful material Change process Enclose process Isolate process Ventilation Examples . . .

Work Practice Controls: 

Work Practice Controls If . . . Employees can be removed from exposure to the potential hazard by changing the way they do their jobs, Then . . . The hazard can be eliminated with a work practice control.

Work Practice Controls (cont’d): 

Work Practice Controls (cont’d) Use of wet methods to suppress dust Personal hygiene Housekeeping and maintenance Job rotation of workers Examples . . .

Examples of PPE: 

Examples of PPE Eye - safety glasses, goggles Face - face shields Head - hard hats Feet - safety shoes Hands and arms - gloves Bodies - vests Hearing - earplugs, earmuffs

Establishing a PPE Program: 

Establishing a PPE Program Sets out procedures for selecting, providing and using PPE as part of an employer’s routine operation First -- assess the workplace to determine if hazards are present, or are likely to be present, which necessitate the use of PPE Once the proper PPE has been selected, the employer must provide training to each employee who is required to use PPE


Training When PPE is necessary What type of PPE is necessary How to properly put on, take off, adjust, and wear Limitations of the PPE Proper care, maintenance, useful life and disposal Employees required to use PPE must be trained to know at least the following:

Eye Protection: 

Eye Protection

What are some of the causes of eye injuries?: 

What are some of the causes of eye injuries? Dust and other flying particles, such as metal shavings or sawdust Molten metal that might splash Acids and other caustic liquid chemicals that might splash Blood and other potentially infectious body fluids that might splash, spray, or splatter Intense light such as that created by welding and lasers

Safety Spectacles: 

Safety Spectacles Made with metal/plastic safety frames Most operations require side shields Used for moderate impact from particles produced by such jobs as carpentry, woodworking, grinding, and scaling


Goggles Protect eyes, eye sockets, and the facial area immediately surrounding the eyes from impact, dust, and splashes Some goggles fit over corrective lenses

Welding Shields: 

Welding Shields Protect eyes from burns caused by infrared or intense radiant light, and protect face and eyes from flying sparks, metal spatter, and slag chips produced during welding, brazing, soldering, and cutting.

Laser Safety Goggles: 

Laser Safety Goggles Protect eyes from intense concentrations of light produced by lasers.

Face Shields: 

Face Shields Protect the face from nuisance dusts and potential splashes or sprays of hazardous liquids Do not protect employees from impact hazards

Head Protection: 

Head Protection

What are some of the causes of head injuries?: 

What are some of the causes of head injuries? Falling objects Bumping head against fixed objects, such as exposed pipes or beams Contact with exposed electrical conductors

Classes of Hard Hats: 

Classes of Hard Hats Class A General service (e.g., mining, building construction, shipbuilding, lumbering, and manufacturing) Good impact protection but limited voltage protection Class B Electrical work Protect against falling objects and high-voltage shock and burns Class C Designed for comfort, offer limited protection Protects heads that may bump against fixed objects, but do not protect against falling objects or electrical shock

Hearing Protection: 

Hearing Protection

Examples of Hearing Protectors: 

Earmuffs Earplugs Canal Caps Examples of Hearing Protectors

Foot Protection: 

Foot Protection

What are some of the causes of foot injuries?: 

What are some of the causes of foot injuries? Heavy objects such as barrels or tools that might roll onto or fall on employees’ feet Sharp objects such as nails or spikes that might pierce the soles or uppers of ordinary shoes Molten metal that might splash on feet Hot or wet surfaces Slippery surfaces

Safety Shoes: 

Safety Shoes Have impact-resistant toes and heat-resistant soles that protect against hot surfaces common in roofing, paving, and hot metal industries Some have metal insoles to protect against puncture wounds May be designed to be electrically conductive for use in explosive atmospheres, or nonconductive to protect from workplace electrical hazards

Metatarsal Guards: 

Metatarsal Guards A part of the shoes or strapped to the outside of shoes to protect the instep from impact and compression.

Hand Protection: 

Hand Protection

What are some of the hand injuries you need to guard against?: 

What are some of the hand injuries you need to guard against? Burns Bruises Abrasions Cuts Punctures Fractures Amputations Chemical Exposures

Types of Gloves: 

Norfoil laminate resists permeation and breakthrough by an array of toxic/hazardous chemicals. Butyl provides the highest permeation resistance to gas or water vapors; frequently used for ketones (M.E.K., Acetone) and esters (Amyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate). Types of Gloves

Types of Gloves (cont’d): 

Viton is highly resistant to permeation by chlorinated and aromatic solvents. Nitrile provides protection against a wide variety of solvents, harsh chemicals, fats and petroleum products and also provides excellent resistance to cuts, snags, punctures and abrasions. Types of Gloves (cont’d)

Types of Gloves (cont’d): 

Kevlar protects against cuts, slashes, and abrasion. Stainless steel mesh protects against cuts and lacerations. Types of Gloves (cont’d)

Body Protection: 

Body Protection

What are some of the causes of body injuries?: 

What are some of the causes of body injuries? Intense heat Splashes of hot metals and other hot liquids Impacts from tools, machinery, and materials Cuts Hazardous chemicals Contact with potentially infectious materials, like blood Radiation

Body Protection: 

Cooling Vest Sleeves and Apron Body Protection

Body Protection: 

Coveralls Full Body Suit Body Protection


Summary Assess the workplace for hazards Use engineering and work practice controls to eliminate or reduce hazards before using PPE Select appropriate PPE to protect employees from hazards that cannot be eliminated Inform employees why the PPE is necessary and when it must be worn Train employees how to use and care for their PPE and how to recognize deterioration and failure Require employees to wear selected PPE in the workplace Employers must implement a PPE program where they:

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