OSHA Personal Protective Equipment Update


The Vision Council is updating the Chemical Management and OSHA compliance resources to reflect numerous regulatory changes over the past several years. We will be sending a series of memos over the next few months, with training, templates, references, and OSHA required written programs. The fifth memo addresses Personal Protective Equipment.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to assess the workplace to determine if hazards require the use of personal protective equipment. Employers must select and require the use of suitable PPE to protect workers from hazards or potential hazards. Based on a hazard assessment or a job safety analysis, the employer can select the PPE that best protects employees.

Employees must be trained on the proper wearing, use, maintenance and cleaning of the PPE. If the employee owns the PPE, the employer is still responsible for ensuring the adequacy, proper maintenance, and sanitation of the equipment.

Click here to view the OSHA standard and suggested guidance.

Please contact Steve Sutherlin, lab division liaison, with questions.

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