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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that Task Hazard Assessment be conducted to determine what type, if any, of PPE is required to safely perform jobs or tasks. OSHA requires that the hazard Assessment be documented. Additionally, training on PPE must be conducted and documented for all affected personnel as part of the Task Hazard Assessment. The Task Hazard Assessment was introduced in  Evaluating Exposures Section.  

Responsibility - Supervisors will assure a written certification (Attenuation of Hearing Protective Devices) in the form of a Task Hazard Assessment is conducted.

Additionally, each employee required to use PPE will be initially trained to know the following:

  • Tasks presenting hazards where PPE is necessary;
  • What PPE is required;
  • How to properly put on, remove, adjust and wear the PPE;
  • The limitations of PPE;
  • The proper care, maintenance, useful life and disposal of the selected PPE; and
  • Employee must demonstrate an understanding of the training and the ability to use PPE properly before being allowed to perform work requiring the use of PPE.

This training will be documented as a written certification for each individual on Appendix 2 or equivalent.

Retraining must be performed and documented when:

  • There are changes in the workplace which make previous training obsolete;
  • When there are changes in the types of PPE to be used; and
  • There are inadequacies in the employees knowledge of or use of the chosen PPE

Employees are responsible for maintaining all PPE and not using defective or damaged personal protective equipment.

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