The main objective of this session is to provide you with the information you need to use personal protective equipment (PPE) effectively to protect against job hazards. By the time the session is over, you will be able to recognize the importance of PPE to your safety and health; identify job hazards that require the use of PPE; select appropriate PPE for the task you’re performing; inspect and fit your PPE properly; remove and dispose of PPE safely; and maintain PPE in good, safe condition.
Why “Personal Protective Equipment: Healthcare Workers” Matters:
Employees in health care might be exposed to a variety of hazards in patient care, housekeeping, pharmacy, lab, maintenance, supply, and laundry, including hazardous chemicals; contagious infections; sharps; and radiation, mechanical, or heat hazards.
Controls such as ventilation, enclosed processes in the lab, segregation of X-ray equipment, and isolation rooms help protect against workplace hazards. But controls can’t always eliminate all job hazards.
When hazards can’t be eliminated, PPE serves as a protective barrier.
PPE is required—both by our workplace policy and by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
- OHSA requires the use of PPE when workplace hazards can’t be eliminated;
- PPE provides you with a barrier of protection again job hazards;
- You need to know how to select, inspect, use, and maintain your PPE correctly;
- Always use assigned PPE; and
- If there’s anything about PPE you don’t understand, ask you supervisor before you begin the job.