Category: Personal Protective Equipment

No safety technology is changing as fast as that employed in PPE. The devices of just a few years ago are now obsolete by replacements that are lighter, easier to use, and more protective. These resources alert you to developments in the field, and equally important, supply training ideas to get your workers to use their PPE, and use it correctly.

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PPE Training, from Head to Toe

Yesterday, we talked about the use of face masks and respirators to protect against H1N1 exposure. Today, we expand our discussion to include the use of respiratory protection in general, as well as other types of personal protective equipment (PPE) designed to protect against an array of workplace hazards. Respiratory protection is an important part […]

H1N1: Should You Use a Face Mask? Respirator?

Are face masks or respirators really necessary to protect against H1N1 at work, on the street, or at home? That’s the question on the minds of a lot of people these days. See what CDC recommends. If you’ve been wondering about whether to use a face mask or a respirator to protect against the H1N1 […]

Can You Hear Me Now? Noise and Your Employees’ Hearing

Approximately 30 million Americans are exposed to high noise levels on the job. Long-term exposure to high noise levels can cause permanent hearing loss. That’s why OSHA requires employers to provide training and hearing protection when employees are exposed to harmful noise levels. Too much noise can affect employees’ safety and health. We know that […]

Hearing Protection: Your Questions Answered

If you’ve got noisy work areas, you’ve probably also got questions about hearing protection and OSHA requirements. The experts at® have been fielding these questions for years. Here is a sampling that may be helpful for your workplace.   (NOTE: To get all the details of OSHA’s hearing protection requirements, refer to the Occupational […]

Protection from Head to Toe

PPE provides head-to-toe protection for your employees and keeps them safe from physical and health hazards when engineering and administrative controls alone can’t do the job. As the general PPE safety meeting in BLR’s OSHA Training System explains, personal protective equipment (PPE) is one of the most effective ways to protect against job hazards. PPE […]

PPE: The Personal Barrier Against Workplace Hazards

The basic objective of any PPE program is to protect employees from safety and health hazards that can’t be engineered out. To pick the right PPE for your employees, you must assess the potential hazards. Personal protective equipment (PPE) in one form or another has been around for centuries. There’s evidence, for example, that early […]

Breathe Easier with Proper Respirator Care

In order to control or eliminate breathing hazards, OSHA has adopted respiratory protection regulations for general industry (except agriculture), shipyards, marine terminals, longshoring, and construction workplaces and for specific air contaminants. Today we’ll focus on the requirements concerning respirator inspection, maintenance, storage, and repair. OSHA estimates that its respirator regulation could save as many as […]

Understanding the ‘Employer Pays’ PPE Rule

Yesterday’s Advisor examined some of the exceptions and loopholes in the seemingly simple “employer pays” rule for personal protective equipment (PPE). Today we look at some of the other gray areas of the recent rule. As of May 15, 2008, employers were required to comply with an OSHA final rule requiring them to provide—at no […]

Employers Must Pay for PPE … Sometimes

On February 13, 2008, an OSHA rule took effect that requires employers to pay for personal protective equipment (PPE) for their employees. Sounds simple enough, right? Hah! As with any regulation covering such a broad and complex area, the “employer pays” PPE rule is rife with exceptions and clarifications. Our sister website,, took a […]

If the Protective Shoe Fits, They’ll Wear It

In yesterday’s Advisor, we reviewed OSHA’s foot protection requirements, and particularly the not-so-simple question of who is required to pay for it (generally the employers, but with certain notable exceptions). Today we move on to the proper selection and fit of foot protection, and we’ll look at a tool that helps you satisfy OSHA’s stringent […]