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Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is used whenever engineering or administrative controls are not feasible or do not adequately protect workers from hazards. PPE includes safety glasses, chemical splash goggles, gloves, lab coats, hard hats, safety shoes, respirators, disposable or cloth overalls and other protective gear. REHS assists departments in evaluating work tasks that require PPE, providing appropriate selection criteria, and offering training.

It is essential to choose PPE that is specific to the hazard and type of work to be performed. PPE must be compatible with chemical hazards, provide proper dexterity, limit eyesight interference, fit properly, and be comfortable (and stylish). If these factors are not considered, the likelihood of consistent PPE use is diminished.

 

Some types of PPE (i.e. respirators) require a medical exam and fit test prior to use. Please refer to the Respiratory Protection section for further information.

 

References
OSHA Personal Protective Equipment Standard (29 CFR 1910.132)
OSHA Eye and Face Protective Standard (29 CFR 1910.133)
OSHA Respiratory Protective Standard (29 CFR 1910.134)
   
  Clothing
. NIOSH/Chemical Protective Clothing Selection Guide
   
  Gloves
Best Glove Chemical Resistant Guide
Ansell Edmont Glove Chemical Resistance Guide (pdf)
Safeskin (Kimberly-Clark) Glove Chemical Resistance Guide
. MAPA Professional Chemical Resistance Guide
. North Chemcial Resistance Guide [pdf]
. Microflex Chemical Rsistance Guide [pdf]

 

Contacts

For Overall Program Management, to obtain an Art Safety Manual, or for guidelines on how to store and/or dispose of hazardous waste call Rosemarie Kulp at (732)445-2550
 

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