HEALTHCARE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT: HEALTHCARE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT Central Valley Medical. MARCH 2011 GENERAL REQUIREMENTS: GENERAL REQUIREMENTS Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is designed to protect you from safety and health hazards that cannot be practically removed from the work environment. HAZARD PROTECTION: HAZARD PROTECTION PPE alone should not be relied on to provide protection against hazards. But should be used in conjunction with guards, engineering controls and sound workplace safety practices. PPE IS REQUIRED: PPE IS REQUIRED Whenever it is necessary by reason of hazards or processes or environment, chemical hazards, radiological hazards, or mechanical irritants encountered in a manner capable of causing injury or impairment in the function of any part of the body through… PPE IS REQUIRED: PPE IS REQUIRED … capable of causing injury or impairment through: - absorption - inhalation - physical contact - injection - ingestion PPE IS DESIGNED TO PROTECT: PPE IS DESIGNED TO PROTECT Human Organs- Eyes Face Skin Head Extremities Internal Organs By Using – Clothing Inhalation Protection Shields Barriers WORKPLACE ASSESSMENT: WORKPLACE ASSESSMENT Employer shall assess the workplace to determine if hazards are present, or likely to be present, which necessitate the use of PPE. Assessment includes: - written certification - identity of person performing assessment - date (at least annually) - assessment is readily available EMPLOYEE TRAINING: EMPLOYEE TRAINING When PPE is necessary What PPE is necessary How to properly wear the PPE Limitations of the PPE Care, maintenance, useful life and disposal of the PPE Storage locations of the PPE Written records of all training must be kept REFRESHER TRAINING: REFRESHER TRAINING At least annual hands-on training. Whenever workplace hazards change. Whenever PPE changes. If employee demonstrates a lack of understanding of the PPE program. PPE MAINTENANCE: PPE MAINTENANCE Visual inspections must be conducted on at least a weekly basis. PPE must be immediately available and in good condition. PPE storage boxes may have tamper evident seals to aid in controlling access. Emergency Supply Kit must be stocked with required PPE. PPE REQUIREMENTS: PPE REQUIREMENTS * Where employees provide their own PPE, the employer is responsible to assure its adequacy, proper maintenance and sanitation. * All PPE shall be of safe design and construction for the work to be performed. EYE AND FACE PROTECTION: EYE AND FACE PROTECTION Flying particles Molten metal Liquid chemicals Acids/caustics Gases/vapors Light radiation RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: RESPIRATORY PROTECTION Breathing air contaminated with harmful dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, sprays and vapors. If oxygen deficient atmospheres are present or suspected. If engineering controls are not feasible respirators must be provided. Establish and maintain respiratory protection program. EMPLOYEE TRAINING: EMPLOYEE TRAINING Employees must demonstrate an understanding of the training before being allowed to perform work requiring the use of PPE. FOOT PROTECTION: FOOT PROTECTION Protective footwear: Falling or rolling objects Objects piercing the sole Feet exposed to electrical hazards HAND PROTECTION: HAND PROTECTION Hand injuries from: - Severe cuts or lacerations - Severe abrasions - Punctures - Chemical/thermal burns - Temperature extremes - Skin absorption of harmful substances HEAD PROTECTION: HEAD PROTECTION Employees must wear a protective helmet when working in areas where there is a potential for injury to the head from falling objects. When working near exposed electrical conductors which could contact the head a ANSI approved helmet will be worn. PPE SUMMARY: PPE SUMMARY Wearing PPE is not just a good idea – it is required by OSHA and company policy.