How To Choose The Right PPE-1?

OSHA’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Standard (29 CFR 1910.132 for General Industry) has been in place for more than a decade and remains the primary regulation governing your PPE program. General requirements of the PPE Standard cover four major activities: (1) assessment, (2) selection, (3) training, and (4) verification. Note that each activity requires a different skill set. Line managers should designate leaders whose abilities are aligned with the requirements of each of these activities; it may not be the same person for each step.

We will explore these four activities and highlight what you need to know to adhere to the PPE Standard and provide a safer and healthier workplace.

Hazard assessment is arguably the most important step in PPE compliance, because it is the basis from which the entire PPE program is built. You have to be both open-minded and realistic during this phase of the process and understand the significance of each hazard faced in your work environment. Responsibility for performing the hazard assessment should not fall solely on one person or even one part of the organization. Collaboration is more likely to result in proper identification and assessment of hazards. A contributor with independence and detachment from day-to-day operational responsibilities helps avoid inherent conflicts between current practice, production and cost pressures, hazard potentials and best practice.