The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) General Industry personal protective equipment (PPE) Standard requires that you provide a PPE program that includes effective hazard assessment, employee training, and PPE selection.
Why “OSHA’s General Industry PPE Standard” Matters:
The standard requires you to provide PPE and training to each employee who is or may be exposed to physical or health hazards in the workplace when engineering and administrative controls cannot feasibly or effectively reduce exposures to safe levels.
The PPE must be designed to effectively protect employees from absorption, inhalation, or physical contact with chemical, physical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards.
You must pay for most types of PPE when used by employees exclusively in the workplace.
Every job function in every department must be assessed for hazards and the need for PPE.
- Each part of the body must be taken into consideration during assessments.
- PPE should be selected in response to specific hazards.
- Employees must be trained to use and care for PPE properly to provide effective protection.