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OSHA Standards for Personal Protective Equipment

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Gain an understanding of OSHA's PPE requirements and identify what PPE must be used. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses. PPE violations are among the most frequently cited OSHA violations. In addition to the risk of substantial fines, an employer's failure to ensure that employees use appropriate PPE can lead to serious employee injuries and death. This topic will enable you to understand OSHA's PPE requirements and identify what PPE must be used, what training is required, and how to ensure continued employee compliance.


PPE Requirements:

  • Types of PPE Required Applicable Based on Industry and Type of Work Performed
  • General Duty Clause
  • Employer and Employee Obligations
  • Training Requirements
  • Potential Fines
  • Responsibilities of Contractors/Subcontractors

Performing a Hazard Assessment to Determine Appropriate PPE

  • Collecting Information About Workplace Hazards
  • Inspecting the Workplace for Safety Hazards
  • Identifying Health Hazards
  • Conducting Incident Investigations
  • Identifying Hazards Associated With Emergency and Nonroutine Situations
  • Characterizing the Nature of Identified Hazards, Identifying Interim Control Measures, and Prioritizing the Hazards for Control

Ensuring Continued Compliance

  • Reviewing, Updating and Evaluating the Effectiveness of the PPE Program
  • Replacing Worn or Damaged PPE
  • Ways to Ensure Employee Compliance
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