Personal protective equipment (PPE) is in wide use throughout general industry workplaces today in the form of masks, gloves, eye shields, etc. The presence of such items in many non-healthcare related work settings makes it is easy to assume that everyone knows how to properly use such common items and what their limitations may be.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, however, makes no such assumption and instead has very specific requirements for properly documenting that its concerns about workers being properly trained to use PPE have been addressed.
- Has a Workplace/Job Hazard Assessment been performed to determine what hazards are present that make PPE necessary? Has the employer certified in writing that this assessment has been completed?
- Has the PPE being used in the workplace been selected in accordance with the findings of the Workplace/Job Hazard Assessment specific to your particular location?
- Have employees been trained and have they understood the training concerning use of the selected PPE?
- Have you checked to see if OSHA has specific programs associated with PPE in your industry?
Stericycle customers can shop online at MyStericycle.com for PPE including gloves, eye wear, face masks,gowns and other products that reduce exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
At the same time, Stericycle’s Steri-Safe OSHA Compliance Solutions provide you with the forms needed to ensure that you have complied with fulfilling these requirements and documenting that you have done so. Watch a Free PPE Webinar, compliments of Stericycle.
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Article originally published February 19, 2014.