Friday, August 1, 2014

Common Questions About Personal Protective Equipment

Last month’s post focused on appropriate (and inappropriate) personal protective equipment (PPE) for head protection. That brought up a couple of commonly-asked questions about other types of PPE that I thought I would go ahead and address.

Question # 1 – Are safety glasses required to be worn beneath face shields?

OSHA requirements for eye protection can be found in either 1910.133 for general industry workplaces, 1926.102  for construction sites, or 1915.153 for shipyard employment.  It seems we sometimes forget that each of these sections of the OSHA regulations cover eye AND face protection, or even worse, we forget to differentiate between the two types of safety gear.
Standard safety glasses are designed to protect against injuries associated with regular eye hazards such as flying or falling objects and particles, as well as some chemical and/or radiation hazards. However, in some work operations . . .
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  1. The best source of information on chemical resistance for gloves and protective clothing is to go directly to the manufacturer's literature on chemical resistance testing. The testing must be done in accordance with an ASTM standard, and the literature will include the results of that testing.

  2. @Anon - I don't necessarily agree. I believe OSHA is a great resource and there's a lot you can learn there that you can't learn just reading the manual. Also, independent review sites can help you decide which equipment is best.


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