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A personal protective equipment program is not just handing out safety glasses and hard hats. Did you know that according to OSHA only 1% of workers suffering facial injuries were wearing face protection, only 40% of workers with eye injuries wore eye protection and only 23% of workers who sustained foot injuries wore safety shoes/ boots. OSHA enforces PPE use with several regulations. 1910.132 General Requirements, 1910.133 Eye and Face, 1910.134 Respiratory Protection, 1910.135 Head Protection, 1910.136 Foot Protection, 1910.138 Hand Protection and 1910.95 Hearing Protection. OSHA also relies on current ANSI and ASTM standards to determine protective equipment compliance.
Under 1910.132 protective equipment including personal protective equipment for eyes, face, head, and extremities shall be provided, used and maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition whenever there are hazards of process or environment. This includes chemical hazards, radiological hazards mechanical irritants encountered in a manner capable of causing injury or impairment of any body part thru absorption, inhalation or physical contact.
An important part of the regulation requires the employer to assess the workplace for hazards that necessitate the use of PPE. Then select appropriate PPE communicate the PPE decision to employees and train the employees. The assessment must be in writing. Many companies miss that rule. Training document is also often missing.
OSHA also describes what PPE the employer is required to pay for but there are exemptions to employer payment that will surprise you.
To review the personal protective equipment regulations and emphasize how to comply. Current consensus standards and best practices will be reviewed. The presentation will focus on general compliance, eye and face protection, head protection, foot protection, hand protection, respirators and hearing protection. The audience will come away with compliance information, and practical advice regarding best practices.
Safety Personnel or anyone with safety responsibilities
Safety Committee members
Physical CD-DVD of recorded session will be despatched after 72 hrs on completion of payment
Paul Snyder, CSP. Mr. Snyder has over 40 years safety and industrial hygiene experience including 32 years with a major chemical manufacturer. Mr. Snyder worked extensively with OSHA on the Voluntary Protection Program and served on the Region III VPPPA board and as a Special Government Employee (SGE). Since 2007 he has been providing safety management consulting to major corporations.