A job that is properly planned for before it begins is critical to avoiding mishaps that can lead to emergency situations. Effective job planning takes into consideration the safety of the worker, customers, and public.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) and procedures for training employees on its proper use is a critical step towards workforce safety.
Based on hazard assessments, the proper use of PPE such as gloves, hard hats, safety shoes, eye protection, shields, respirators, etc., are important in reducing and eliminating on-the-job injuries, the costs associated with those injuries, and establishing compliance with rules established by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA regulations require the use of PPE during operations that present the risk of injuries to employees that cannot be controlled by engineering or process procedures. OSHA requires the employer to:
- Determine the use and selection of PPE
- Train employees on the proper use and care of PPE
- Document employee use and care of PPE
In return, employees are required to properly utilize and care for the PPE that has been assigned.