Personal Protective Equipment in California: What Employees Need to Know
Too many workers suffer serious and preventable injuries on the job because they were not trained to recognize workplace hazards or to properly wear or care for personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect against those hazards.
This course provides information about PPE hazard assessments and the selection, limitations, use, and care of PPE for general industry employees in California.
By the end of the course, employees will be able to understand how employers conduct hazard assessments, to appreciate why different types of PPE are selected and how they protect against workplace hazards, and how to properly wear and care for PPE.
Why “Personal Protective Equipment in California: What Employees Need to Know” Matters:
Companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year due to preventable workplace injuries because their employees do not know how to recognize basic workplace hazards or how to properly wear and care for the appropriate PPE.
In fact, over 70% of hand and finger injuries alone could be prevented if the employee was wearing appropriate PPE.
California’s personal protective devices rules require employers to train workers about when and what PPE is necessary; how to properly wear PPE; the limitations of PPE; and the proper care, maintenance, useful life and disposal of the PPE.
- Every job function in every department is assessed for hazards, not just those involving hazardous materials.
- Each part of the body is taken into consideration during hazard assessments.
- PPE is selected in response to specific hazards.
- Proper wear and care of PPE is necessary to provide effective protection.