Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) PRESENTED BY
PPE Selection Approximately 4 million workers are injured on the job because: • They weren’t wearing any PPE • They weren’t wearing the right PPE • The PPE didn’t provide enough protection PPE can protect workers from injury when worn appropriately and correctly. OSHA requires you to wear PPE to protect against hazardous conditions at work. Be Sure To: • Follow safety warnings, and recommendations. • For PPE requirements, review and follow the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) recommendations and requirements. • Talk to your supervisor for clarification on what PPE to wear.
Be Prepared Avoid injuries by: • • Completing a hazard assessment (JSA) Selecting PPE based on hazards of the job Wearing appropriate PPE correctly Wearing the necessary PPE at all times Stretching frequently Maintaining focus on the job and/or task at hand Staying Alert
Head Protection Always wear a hard hat. Type I: Suspension System Type II: Styrofoam Lining Class G: Electrically protective up to 2, 200 volts Class E: Protects up to 20, 000 volts Most operators require a Class E Hardhat.
Head Protection Hard Hats must: • • Be ANSI Z-89 approved Absorb shock from a blow Resist penetration Be water resistant
Eye and Face Protection Hazards: • • • Flying fragments, sparks, particles Lasers UV light, and radiation Chemicals Hazardous gases and vapors Molten Metals
Eye and Face Protection Safety Glasses • ANSI Z-87 marked on glasses • Must have approved side shields Goggles • Can be worn over glasses when needed Face Shields • Cover the entire face, but don’t protect the eyes • Should be worn with goggles or glasses
Body Protection Hazards: • • • Liquid Chemicals Temperatures Bodily Fluids Cutting Hazards Impacts Body protection protects arms, legs and body from hazards. Body suits can be fully encapsulating or non encapsulating.
Body Protection Fire Resistant Clothing (FRC) • Less likely to catch fire • Self extinguishing FRCs must be selected based on the hazards and be approved for use in the work environment.
Hand Arm Protection Types of Protection: • Gloves • Understand when to wear gloves and when not to • Select the right gloves for the job • Finger Guards • Arm Coverings
Hand Arm Protection Hazards: • • Severe cuts, lacerations, or abrasions Fractures and amputations Punctures Chemical or thermal burns Electrical dangers Skin absorption Harmful temperatures
Foot and Leg Protection Types of Protection: • • Toe guards Metatarsal guards Shin guards Leggings Safety footwear must meet ANSI and ASTM standards. Steel toed boots are generally required. Operators may have additional requirements for ankle and sole protection.
Inspection and Maintenance Care for what protects you! Only use PPE is safe working condition. Inspect your PPE for: • • • Cracks Nicks Scratches Holes Tears • • • Brittleness Torn edges Missing pieces Excessive wear Deterioration If you find any of these during your inspection, remove the PPE from service immediately. Damaged PPE will not provide sufficient protection.
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