Personal Protective Equipment, more commonly referred to as PPE, is what keeps your employees protected from the hazardous materials they deal with on a daily basis. Gloves, gowns, masks, goggles, cover-alls, and more are all PPE components. There are many factors to be considered when selecting the right PPE for your facility. Your number one priority is your team’s safety. Here are some facts about PPE you may or may not know.
It is Your Last Line of Defense, Not the First
When it comes to ensuring your employees’ safety in your facility, the PPE used is actually the last line of defense. First, you should focus on eliminating any and all unnecessary risks. Then, you should have certain controls in place that also help to mitigate some of the risks. Finally, you select the PPE that will keep your employees as safe as they can possibly be.
PPE Must be Continuously Evaluated and Updated
Your business is always changing, and the hazardous substances you handle probably will too. This is why your PPE must always be evaluated and changed as needed. As hazards change, protection should also change to ensure safety.
Proper PPE Must be Provided by Employers
Regardless of a company’s uniform policy, OSHA requires that employers provide all necessary PPE to employees. If an item is required to ensure the safety of an employee, then it must be supplied by the employer.
Employees Must be Trained in the Use of PPE
Just as they require that proper PPE be provided to employees, OSHA also requires that all employees be trained in the proper use of their PPE. The PPE can’t protect very well if it is being used improperly.
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