Personal Protective Equipment: General
- Always wear appropriate clothing and work shoes. Do not wear loose or frayed clothing, long hair, rings, etc., near machinery and other sources of entanglement.
- Always wear appropriate foot protection when you are exposed to foot injuries from hot, corrosive, hazardous substances, falling objects, crushing or penetrating actions that may cause injuries, or when you are working in abnormally wet locations.
- Always wear appropriate hand protection (gloves) when you are exposed to cuts, burns harmful physical or chemical agents that are encountered and capable of causing injury or impairments. Never wear gloves where there is a danger of their becoming entangled in moving machinery. Use push-sticks.
- Always wear face or eye protection when working in locations where there is a risk of receiving eye injuries such as punctures, abrasions, contusions, or burns as a result of contact with flying particles, hazardous substances, projections or injurious light rays.
- Suitable screens or shields isolating the hazardous exposure should be used to safeguard nearby employees.
- Always wear approved head protection when you are exposed to flying or falling objects.
- Always wear hearing protection when noise levels exceed 85 decibels.
- See to it that personal protective equipment (PPE) is cleaned regularly or disposed of after use. Always keep PPE in good repair.
If you are working with electricity, you require additional or specialized PPE and should consult with your supervisor.