EHS 105: Personal Protective Equipment
To protect university employees who work in areas where physical, chemical, or radiological hazards or the potential for these hazards exist by providing the appropriate personal protective equipment
29 Code of Federal Regulations § 1910.132
Employees who may be exposed to physical, chemical, or radiological hazards while performing their duties
Departments and units must conduct a hazard assessment (see the Certificate of Hazard Assessment Form on the Environmental Health & Safety forms Web page) for each work area to determine whether physical, chemical, or radiological hazards or the potential for these hazards to employees exists. If it is determined that hazardous conditions exist, the units must provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to employees or assign employees to an alternative work space that does not require protective equipment. Employees must use the appropriate PPE to protect themselves from potential hazards.
The employee’s supervisor must perform a hazard assessment on a work area to determine whether an employee may be exposed to physical, chemical, or radiological hazards when performing his or her duties. Parts of the body needing protection from hazards may include but are not limited to the head, eyes, ears, face, arms, hands, torso, legs, feet, and respiratory system.
If hazards are identified, the supervisor must determine what PPE is necessary to protect the employee from injury or illness. Damaged or defective PPE must never be used.
PPE must be provided to the employee at no cost. When employees provide their own protective equipment, the supervisor shall be responsible for assuring its adequacy, including proper maintenance and sanitation.
All PPE must meet the following American National Standards Institute (ANSI) ratings where applicable: D
|American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Rating|
after July 5, 1994
before July 5, 1994
|Eye and face protection||ANSI Z87.1 1989||ANSI Z87.1 1968|
|Foot protection||ANSI Z41 1991||ANSI Z41.1 1967|
|Head protection||ANSI Z89.1 1986||ANSI Z89.1 1969|
Supervisors must ensure that employees using PPE are trained in proper use and limitations. The training must include the following:
For assistance in performing a hazard assessment or to schedule training, contact Environmental Health & Safety at 480/965–1823. Hazard assessment forms are available on the Environmental Health & Safety forms Web page.
Departments and units must:
Environmental Health & Safety must:
The employee must:
For more information, see:
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