Posted by Ashley Bechtel in #YHSafetyTips, Nov 02, 2016
It is very important to protect yourself while you’re working. One of the most important things that you can do is to wear the proper protective equipment for the environment that you are going to be working in.
OSHA has a lot of rules for application, design, and training of proper use for safety equipment. Below is standard 1910.132(a).
Application. Protective equipment, including personal protective equipment for eyes, face, head, and extremities, protective clothing, respiratory devices, and protective shields and barriers, shall be provided, used, and maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition wherever it is necessary by reason of hazards of processes or environment, chemical hazards, radiological hazards, or mechanical irritants encountered in a manner capable of causing injury or impairment in the function of any part of the body through absorption, inhalation or physical contact.
So what does all of this mean? Well, we’ve broken it down into five categories with some basic guidelines
Eye and Face Protection
Safety glasses or face shields are required when working in any type of conditions that could cause foreign objects to get in the eye. For example, welding, cutting, grinding, and nailing are all environments that require eye protection.
When working around heavy equipment or falling objects, you should wear puncture-resistant soles (steel-toe shoes). Slip-resistant shoes should be worn when working in slippery conditions such as food service or construction.
Make sure that you are wearing the correct type of gloves for the right environment. When working with concrete, you should wear heavy-duty rubber gloves. When welding, make sure you are wearing welding gloves. And when you are going to be exposed to electrical hazards make sure you are wearing insulated gloves and sleeves.
Any time that you may encounter falling objects, bumps to the head, or accidental contact with electrical hazards you must make sure that you are wearing the proper protection. Hard hats must be routinely inspected for dents, cracks, and deterioration. They must be replaced after any hard impact or electrical shock.
When working in an environment where high noise levels are a concern, make sure to wear earplugs/earmuffs. These should be cleaned or replaced regularly.
To read all of OSHA’s standards on proper safety gear in the workplace, click here.
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