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SU will provide most required personal protective equipment (PPE). The employee may be required to provide PPE that is of a personal nature and that may be worn off the job.
An employee who comes to work without their PPE may be sent home on their own time to retrieve the equipment.
Each supervisor is responsible for conducting regular hazard assessments. The process involves looking for and identifying potential hazards in the workplace to determine whether PPE is needed and what type. The Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator is available to assist in this process.
PPE alone is not to be relied on to provide protection for employees. PPE may be used after all other reasonable means of reducing hazards have been explored. Take active steps to eliminate all identified hazards through the use of other methods, materials, processes or engineering controls. A periodic review of the hazard assessment should be conducted.
The hazard assessment or review must be documented, in writing or electronic form and approved by the Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator. The hazard assessment must contain the following information:
Sample evaluation forms can be found in Appendix A.
Following the hazard assessment, appropriate PPE must be selected to protect against injuries or damage from the hazards that could not be otherwise eliminated.
PPE must meet the most current ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standard. Eye protection must meet ANSI Z87.1 - 1989. Head protection must meet ANSI Z89.1 - 1986. Foot protection must meet ANSI Z41 - 1991. The safety equipment vendor must supply upon your request, written evidence that PPE purchased by Seattle University meets these ANSI standards.
Before each day’s use, employees must carefully inspect PPE, clothing and equipment to make sure they are clean and undamaged. Those items found to be defective must be taken out of service.
Employees must be trained so that each employee knows what PPE is required for the various work areas or tasks that s/he may be assigned. Employees should know:
The supervisor must keep training records. Training records should include the name of the employee and the date(s) of the training. The SU Safety Training List may be used to track employee training. See Safety Programs
The supervisor is responsible for assuring compliance with this policy. Retraining may be necessary when an employee does not use the equipment as directed by the manufacturer and according to code requirements.
Employees must wear appropriate head protection whenever exposed to hazards that could cause head injuries, such as, from flying, propelled, or falling objects or materials. Head protection must meet ANSI Z89.1 Caps with metal buttons or metal visors may not be worn around electrical hazards.
Persons working around machinery or in locations that present a hair-catching hazard or fire hazard must wear caps or another type of head covering that completely covers the hair.
Note 1: The following is the Washington State definition of hair that is considered hazardous:
Hair is as long as the radius of pressure rolls with exposed in-running nip points. Hair is twice as long as the circumference of exposed revolving shafts or tools in fixed machines.
Note 2: Employees must wear a hair covering of solid material when the employee is exposed to an ignition source and may run into an area containing class 1 flammable liquids, such as ether, benzene, or combustible atmospheres if their hair is on fire.
The Washington Industrial Safety & Health Act standard requires employees to use appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to eye or face hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids, or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation.
Further, each affected employee must use eye protection that provides side protection when there is a hazard from flying objects. Employees who wear prescription glasses will be provided with safety eye wear that fits over the glasses. Employees may, at their own expense, opt to purchase their own prescription safety glasses that meet ANSI standards.
Employees must use appropriate hand protection when their hands are exposed to hazards such as those from skin absorption of harmful substances, cuts or lacerations, abrasions, punctures, chemical burns, temperature extremes, harmful radiation or other material handling hazards. Hands must be kept out of the immediate cutting area or point of operation of any cutting type of equipment, such as the paper cutter.
The State of Washington requires employees to wear “substantial” footwear made of leather or other equally firm material whenever there is a danger of injury to the feet through falling or moving objects, or from burning, cutting, penetration, electrical, or like hazard. Footwear must meet ANSI standard Z41-1991 specifications.
Hearing protection must be worn whenever an employee is exposed to high or long duration noise levels such as grinders, gas-powered machines, or air tools. Employees who are exposed to sound levels that exceed 85 dB time weighted average (TWA) will be included in our formal hearing protection program. Please refer to Hearing Conservation.
Respiratory protection must be worn whenever there is an inhalation risk. Before using a respirator, you must pass a medical evaluation and fit test. Please refer to the Respiratory Protection section for more information or contact the Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator.
Clean clothing sufficient to protect against the hazards of the operations being performed must be used. Loose shirtsleeves, coverall sleeves or rings, earrings, wristwatches, and other jewelry must not be worn when working with power equipment or machinery.
Long sleeves and pants must be worn when there is the risk of chemical splash or flying objects.
Whenever natural light is insufficient to illuminate work operations, artificial illumination will be provided to enable the work to be performed safely.
Appendix A. Hazard Assessment Checklist
This checklist can help you do a hazard assessment to see if employees need to use personal protective equipment (PPE).
Some work activities are more hazardous than others. This list can help identify those activities that may create hazards for your employees. Read through the list, putting a check next to any word that describes an activity in your workplace. We’ve grouped the activities according to what part of the body might need PPE.
Work related exposure to:
dip tank operations
hazardous liquid chemicals
confined space operations
exposed electrical wiring or components
use of catwalks
use of crane
use of highly
electrical wiring or components
Work activities such as:
dental and health care services grinding
working with glass
use of computers
use of knives
tools or materials that could scrape,
bruise, or cut
compressed air or gas operations
generators ventilation fans
loud work environment
working from heights of 10 feet or more
baking or frying
sharp or rough edges
Name of your workplace:
Date of Hazard Assessment for PPE:
Last edited Feb. 27, 2012