Exactly What is Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

Personal protective equipment includes all clothing and accessories designed to create a barrier against workplace hazards. The basic element of any personal protective equipment management program should be an in-depth evaluation of the equipment needed to protect against the hazards at the workplace.
Much of the personal protective equipment (PPE) information in this chapter is framed in general terms and is intended to complement relevant regulations and manufacturers' requirements. For more specific information, refer to the OSHA standards cited earlier.
In some instances the standards refer to specifications by:
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
    11 West 42 Street, 13th Floor
    New York, NY 10036
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
    1916 Race Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
Many methods of reinforcing the use of personal protective equipment have been employed. Regardless of the method, the employee should understand at the outset that his or her life may well depend upon the use of the equipment.
Using personal protective equipment requires hazard awareness and training on the part of the user. Employees must be aware that the equipment does not eliminate the hazard. If the equipment fails, exposure will occur. To reduce the possibility of failure, equipment must be properly fitted and maintained in a clean and serviceable condition.
Selection of the proper piece of personal protective equipment for the job is important. Employers and employees must understand the equipment's purpose and its limitations. The equipment must not be altered or removed even though an employee may find it uncomfortable. (Sometimes equipment may be uncomfortable simply because it does not fit properly.) Work procedures should be instituted making it a violation (resulting in termination) to modify or refuse to wear the equipment.

No comments:

Popular Posts