Are Workers Wearing the Right PPE?
Don’t put yourself in danger by using the wrong personal protection equipment
Per OSHA, personal protective equipment, also known as PPE, is designed to protect workers from serious workplace injuries or illnesses resulting from contact with chemicals, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. However, OSHA ultimately places the responsibility on the employer, as written in CFR 1910.132(d) (1).
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees, even though hazards exist in every workplace and in many different forms.
Although PPE is vital for the protection of others, it’s generally the last line of defense after engineering controls, work practices, and administrative controls.
Don’t just tell your workers what PPE they need to wear; show them visual PPE Identification products.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have created a PPE-Info database that serves as a compendium of Federal regulations and consensus standards PPE.
PPE-Info is a collection of national personal protective equipment information. The purpose of PPE-Info is to provide standards to developers, manufacturers, purchasers, and end-users of PPE. This comprehensive tool allows searches for federal standards, product types, and basic assessment specifications.
With PPE-Info, you have access to these resources:
To ensure the information on PPE-Info is always protecting others, NIOSH is interested in feedback on improving the information provided in their database.
Comments can be filed electronically or in writing but must be received by April 13, 2017. To view the notice and related materials, visit https://www.regulations.gov and enter CDC-2017-0001 in the search field and click “Search.”
The most effective way to ensure your employee is wearing the proper PPE in and around the workplace is to show them PPE Identification Products.
NIOSH Wants Input on Improving PPE-Info Database
Personal Protective Equipment Information (PPE-INFO) Database
NIOSH Personal Protective Equipment Information (PPE-Info)
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