Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) refers to equipment worn to minimize exposure to serious workplace injuries or illnesses. According to Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), when engineering, work practice and administrative controls are not feasible or provide sufficient protection, employers must provide personal protective equipment to their workers.
Employers must train each worker required to use PPE to know:
• When it is necessary
• What kind is necessary
• How to properly put it on, adjust, wear and take it off
• The limitations of the equipment
• Proper care, maintenance, useful life and disposal of the equipment
All employers utilizing PPE must implement a PPE program that addresses the hazards present, the maintenance and the use of PPE. Ongoing training and monitoring is needed to ensure its effectiveness.
If your business would like assistance in setting up or evaluation your PPE program, please contact Emergency One at 845.338.5600.