A recent survey from Kimberly-Clark Professional reveals that many employees aren’t wearing required PPE. How about your workers? Are you sure they’re always wearing assigned PPE? 1. Establish and consistently enforce a policy requiring the use of assigned PPE. Make sure all employees are aware of the rules and the consequences of noncompliance (that is, […]
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.
Free Special Report: Does Your PPE Program Meet OSHA’s Requirements?
Some hazards at work simply can’t be eliminated completely by engineering solutions or substitutions. That’s when the company must provide its workers with personal protective equipment. Sounds simple—yet, is it? Every supervisor has heard all of the standard excuses. “The glasses give me headaches.” “The shoes pinch my toes.” “This hard hat is too heavy.” […]
Take these five basic steps to assess workplace hazards and select the best PPE to protect employees. 1. Conduct a walk-through survey of work areas to identify workplace hazards. Look for all the basic hazard categories: Impact Penetration Compression (roll-over) Chemical Heat Harmful dust Light (optical) radiation 2. Consider sources of risk. Observe sources of: […]
Workplace head injuries are a very serious safety concern because they can easily be fatal. Are your workers’ heads properly protected against all risks? To be effective, OSHA says all head protection should meet five basic criteria. It must: Absorb the shock of a falling object Prevent an object from penetrating it Resist water Burn […]
Review answers to key questions about workplace hearing conservation program requirements. What is the purpose of noise monitoring? OSHA’s Occupational Noise Exposure Standard (29 CFR 1910.95) requires you to place employees in a hearing conservation program if they are exposed to average noise levels of 85 dB or greater during an 8-hour workday. In order […]
Medical evaluation is an important part of the respiratory protection standard. Here’s a quick review of requirements. According to OSHA’s respiratory protection medical evaluation requirements (29 CFR 1910.134[e] and Appendix C), you must provide a medical evaluation to determine each employee’s ability to use a respirator before the employee is fit tested or required to […]
Take a quick tour of OSHA’s respiratory protection requirements now, and follow up later with a close look at the standard. OSHA’s general industry respiratory protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134) applies to virtually any situation that requires respirator use in any industry except agriculture. The standard requires: A written respiratory protection plan with worksite-specific procedures […]
The Safety Daily Advisor announced today the release of a free white paper for safety professionals, Does Your PPE Program Meet OSHA’s Requirements?, which will help safety professionals comply with OSHA’s Personal Protective Equipment standards while also keeping their employees safe. “Making sure your employees use required PPE is a tough responsibility that you can’t […]
Feet may be the lowest part of the body, but they should be high on your priority list when it comes to hazard protection. The National Safety Council reported that in a recent year workplaces across the country experienced a total of 170,000 foot injuries, 130,000 of them involving days away from work. Because foot […]
Hand protection starts with information. Here are 10 steps to help you gather and analyze information about hand protection.< Gloves are the primary form of hand protection. But all gloves aren’t created equal, so you have to choose wisely if you want to ensure the best protection for employees’ hands. According to the Canadian Centre […]