Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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Almost every job has some form of PPE. That’s because the human body is often quite fragile compared to the equipment and items workers are handling.

PPE protects us from countless hazards.

Starting at the top, proper head protection helps workers avoid painful, and often debilitating, head injuries. Hardhats are the most common form of head protection, used primarily by workers who work in areas where objects could be dropped from above them.

Moving down the body, we encounter eye and ear protection. Both come in very specific forms depending on the type of hazards the worker’s eyes and ears are exposed to.

Respiratory protection might be required in jobs where respiratory hazards exist, like debris in the air or chemicals.

Some workers may have protection for their chest and core. Particularly workers exposed to chemicals or backlash of debris from machines. Workers may be required to wear specific types of pants for the position as well.

At the bottom, there is foot and hand protection. Both areas of the body are crucial to performance in many jobs. Again, a wide variety of PPE for these areas exist.

SafetyNow’s resources inform workers on the exact PPE they will be required to use for their job or task, and explain the dangers associated with not using PPE.

Meeting Kits

Put On Your PPE!

Personal Protective Equipment is sometimes the last barrier protecting you from a hazard. A safely-designed workplace and safe work practices will go far toward keeping you safe, but PPE is still needed to protect you in case other measures fail.

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Hardhats Prevent Zaps as well as Raps

A 40-year-old journeyman lineman working in Alaska got too close to a 17,400-volt charged circuit while replacing cables under a switchcabinet. He didn’t live to tell the story. His head either touched the switch or got close enough to allow electricity to arc between the energized post and his head.

The outcome might have been much different if he’d been wearing a dielectric (nonconducting) Class “E” hardhat. But his “head protection” consisted of a cloth cap, which offered no protection at all.

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Speak Up About PPE Problems

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) policies are used in almost every industry.

PPE can include safety glasses, hearing protection, foot protection and total body protection. Your company procedures will be specific to the hazards you are likely to come in contact with.

Regardless of the PPE required for your job, you must remember to inspect the equipment before each use, and clean and store the equipment according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Take Care of Your Protective Wear

A machinist was repairing a large piece of equipment. A minor repair had been made and the machine was turned on for a test run. Suddenly, something snapped internally and the machine began to collapse around the worker. Two parts of the machine came at her from either side and clamped her hardhat between them. She reacted quickly by ducking down and away from the impact. As the hat pulled free of the worker’s head, it was crushed between the machine parts. Later investigation revealed that if the worker hadn’t been wearing a hardhat, her head would have been smashed between the two pieces of steel.

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Poor Respirator Fit: It'll Take Your Breath Away

Employees at a metal products finishing company were exposed repeatedly to toxic, cancer- causing hexavalent chromium and isocyanate because of improperly fitted respirators.

Respirators were often used, but due to poor fit and lack of fit testing, employees’ facial hair came between the respirator and the employee’s skin, breaking the air-tight seal that provides protection from exposure to hazardous substances. As a result, cancer-causing, toxic hexavalent chromium and isocyanates were inhaled regularly and contacted employees’ skin as well.This situation is unfortunately a true story. The company involved was cited by OSHA and fined over $300,000.

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Safety Videos

Safely On Your Feet Safety Video

Many of us tend to think more about shoes in terms of styles, but safety shoes are more than a different style. They are protect your feet from hazards that you encounter in your workplace. This program stresses to viewers the importance of selecting and wearing proper footwear to prevent painful foot and toe injuries. Topics include Slip-Resistant Shoes, Puncture-Resistant Soles, Metatarsal Guards and Selecting The Proper Footwear.

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PPE: It's Your Call Safety Video

This video addresses the most important part of Personal Protective Equipment: The responsibility of the individual to wear the equipment when it’s required. All the procedures and equipment in the world are useless if employees do not understand this one simple fact.

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Eye Protection Safety Video

Your body has many natural defenses built in for your eyes, but in today’s workplace your eyes are exposed to many chemicals and other hazards that your body never intended to deal with. This video reviews facts on eye protection injuries and encourages workers to make the right decision with eye protection based on this information.

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Online Courses

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment, or PPE, has been around throughout history in various forms. Even everyday clothing is a form of PPE, but many jobs and workplaces have unique hazards that require additional protection, such as gloves, boots, eye protection and many others. This course will teach employees to identify the need for PPE, define the concept of a hazard assessment, things to consider when choosing PPE, and the different types of PPE used to protect all parts of the body. This course is intended for general-industry employees who, during their regular work duties, are required to use personal protective equipment. This course is presented in English and Spanish.

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Respiratory Protection

Many work environments can involve airborne particles that could be hazardous if inhaled. Airborne viruses, hazardous chemical fumes, and even some types of dust particles can cause injury or illness if workers breathe them in. If the atmosphere becomes hazardous to breathe, employees may require respiratory protection. Learners who successfully complete this course will demonstrate knowledge of the basics of respiratory protection and how to use it on the job. Employees will learn about potential inhalation hazards, the different respirator types and their uses, how to fit test a respirator mask, and respirator care and maintenance. This course is designed for general industry employees who, during their regular work duties, are required to wear respiratory protection, and is intended to assist the employer in meeting OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard. While this course addresses OSHA training requirements, there may be additional site-specific training components, hands-on training, and health testing required that must be fulfilled by an employer. This course is presented in English and Spanish.

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