OSHA requires the use of Personal Protective Equipment to reduce employee exposure to hazards when engineering and administrative controls are not feasible or effective in reducing the exposure to acceptable levels. Employers are required to determine if PPE should be used to protect their workers. 29 CFR 1910.132 covers PPE and provides the regulations that employers must follow. Specific PPE, such as eye and face protection, respiratory protection, head protection and others are addressed in separate standards. Many other OSHA standards such as Hazard Communications, Bloodborne Pathogens, Electrical, and Permit-Required Confined Spaces require the use of PPE as it pertains to that particular topic.
All PPE must be used and maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition. The PPE must be of safe design and constructed for the work to be performed. When employees provide their own PPE, the employer is responsible for the adequacy, proper maintenance, and sanitation of the PPE.
The video is 24 minutes and addresses the major areas needed to introduce employees to PPE, including:
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