Personal Protective Equipment

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Personal Protective Equipment: Tactics for Assessing Workplace Hazards & Selecting PPE in Compliance with OSHA Standards

Safety professionals are expected to be able to perform a comprehensive hazard assessment to identify potential workplace hazards and keep employees safe. But it’s not an easy task. Don’t miss this in-depth webinar to ensure your hazard assessment skills are up to speed. Our presenter will provide you with best practices for performing a comprehensive hazard assessment and will teach you methods for selecting cost-effective PPE to protect employees and ensure compliance.

Hand Protection: When are Work Gloves a Bad Idea?

Carpenter Severiano Barajas was pushing wood through a jointer on May 7, 2012, when the piece he was cutting became stuck. Barajas wiggled the piece back and forth, trying to work it free. While he was doing so, the glove he was wearing on his left hand caught on the jointer’s blade, became entangled, and drew his hand into the blade. The tip of his left little finger was amputated.

Hand Protection: Can Gloves Prevent Vibration Injury?

Have you ever used a string trimmer to trim the edges of your yard? How about using a chainsaw to clean up dead tree limbs after a storm? Maybe you’ve used a power sander to refinish the floors in your home. After each of these activities, you might have experienced tingling and numbness in your fingers, hands, and lower arms. That’s caused by exposure to the vibration of the power tool you were using. If you use these tools only occasionally, your hands will recover. But workers who use vibrating tools every day are at risk of permanent damage.

High-Tech Safety: Wearable Technology

You probably have a smartphone already, and your tablet, your television, and your car may be almost as smart. But what if you had a smart hard hat, smart safety shoes, and a smart high-visibility vest? You could increase your safety IQ just by getting dressed!

Shocking Things to Know About Hard Hats

Adrian Mitchell, an apprentice diesel fitter in Tasmania, Australia, was retracting a 3-inch hose in May 2013 when the hose control became stuck in the “on” position. The hose, which was equipped with a heavy metal fitting at its loose end, began to whip around. It hit Mitchell in the side of the head—but his hard hat took the impact, and Mitchell was not seriously injured. In May 2014, Mitchell was inducted into the international “Turtle Club”—an organization composed of people who avoided death or serious injury because they were wearing their hard hats.

Update Your Hard Hat Hazard Assessment

It could have been the last day of work ever for 51-year-old Anthony Ryecroft. The maintenance fitter, who worked at a steel mill in Cumbria, England, was repairing a roll-up door in his employer’s warehouse when it fell. Ryecroft was struck on the head, and he and a coworker both suffered badly broken legs in the incident. Ryecroft, who also experienced cuts on his head and shoulder, was off work for 15 months.

Do You Need to Use Personal Noise Dosimeters?


Yesterday, we discussed how to use a sound level meter to perform area noise monitoring as part of your hearing conservation program. Today, we’ll look at when and how to use personal noise dosimetry to characterize worker exposures and determine what hearing protection, if any, might be required.

Use a Sound Level Meter to Characterize Workers’ Noise Exposures

Noise monitoring is a vital part of your hearing conservation program. It can help you determine whether workers could be exposed at or above the action level; select workers for inclusion in a hearing conservation program; and enable the selection of appropriate hearing protection devices.

Respirator Medical Evaluations: Written Recommendations and Reevaluation Requirements


In the first century B.C., the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder wrote about miners using pig bladders to try to protect themselves from hazardous breathing air in the mines. We’ve made some refinements since Pliny’s day—to the point of recognizing that the respirator itself can, under some conditions, be hazardous.

Respirator Medical Evaluations: Employee and Employer Responsibilities

Respirators can be real lifesavers. A firefighter inside a building filled with toxic smoke breathes clean air because of his respirator, as does a painter inside a spray booth. But for workers with underlying heart or lung issues, a respirator can place a dangerous amount of stress on the body. That’s why OSHA’s respiratory protection standard, 29 CFR 1910.134(e), requires employees to be medically evaluated before they can wear a respirator on the job.