Personal Protective Equipment Brownfields Safety Talk
Hazards n Safety-Related n n n n Electrocution Falls Falling objects Flying objects Lifting Hot objects Crushing n Health-Related n n n Noise Chemical Vapors Gases Lack of oxygen Air particulates Vibration
Why is PPE Often the Choice? n n Some jobs at work have hazards. Safer methods or products don’t exist. Engineering or administrative controls may not be practical. PPE is the last line of defense, but necessary at times.
Types of Personal Protective Equipment n Most Common Head Protection n Foot and Leg n Hearing n Eye and Face n Respiratory n Torso Protection n n Other Types Reflective clothes n Tyvek suits n Life vests n Safety nets n Lifelines n Safety harnesses n Lanyards n
Use PPE As Intended What does the manufacturer say?
Types of Hard Hats n Class A: General service n n Class B: Electrical service n n Most construction workers wear this type. These protect from high voltage. Class C: Bump Caps, usually aluminum n These are not acceptable for construction.
Protecting Your Hearing n n n Use plugs or muffs. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. They must fit properly and be maintained. Remember, they only work if used. Do not use cotton or other home-made protection.
Types of Eye & Face Protection n Safety Glassesn n Regular Vented Gogglesn n Protect eyes from front and side hazards as well as flying particles. Protect your eyes from dust, sparks, and flying particles. Full Face Shieldn n Protects face from splashes, and flying particles. Must be used with safety glasses or goggles.
Choosing Foot Protection Wear sturdy shoes with thick soles, steel toes & steel shanks.