The type of PPE required depends on the workplace environment. Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires every employer to perform a hazard assessment of the workplace to determine if there are any hazards present, or if a possible hazard would require the use of PPE.
If hazards, such as situations that could result in the injury of workers’ feet, eyes, hearing, hands and heads exist, the employer must:
- Select and require the use of PPE that will protect affected employees from the hazards
- Explain to employees why they must wear PPE’s
- Ensure that the PPE properly fits each employee
If PPE is needed, the employer must also train employees on the equipment’s proper use and fit adjustments, care and maintenance, and the protection limitations. Personal protection equipment used on construction and industrial sites include:
Eye and Face Protection – (OSHA 1910.133): Flying metal objects cause one-third of face injuries. Accidents can cause cuts, lacerations, punctures and fractures. Eye and face protection should comply with ANSI Z87.1-1989. Goggles can be worn over corrective lenses.
Head Protection – (OSHA 1910.135): More than one-third of accidents where workers did not wear a hard hat resulted from falling objects striking the head, causing cuts, bruises and concussions. Employees working in areas where there is a potential for falling objects should wear protective helmets. The helmets should comply with ANSI Z89.1-1986.
Foot Protection – (OSHA 1910.136): Workers should use appropriate safety shoes or boots that contain impact-resistant toes for protection against falling or rolling objects, sharp objects, hot surfaces, electrical hazards and slippery surfaces. The foot protection should comply with ANSI Z41.1-1991.
Hand Protection – (OSHA 1910.138): Arm and hand injuries are caused by burns, cuts, electrical shock, chemicals and other hazards, and a variety of gloves are available for protection from these hazards.
Ear Protection – (OSHA 1910.95): Exposure to high noise levels for prolonged time periods can result in irreversible hearing loss or impairment. Ear protection includes preformed or molded earplugs, waxed cotton, and foam or fiberglass wool plugs.
Neff Rental employees are required to wear personal protective equipment while on customer job sites making deliveries, repairing equipment and meeting with customers. Neff Rental cares about our employees’ safety and provides employees with the proper protective equipment. For more information about Neff Rental, visit www.neffrental.com or call 888-709-6333. We are ready to assist you with all your rental needs.