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Safety Programs > Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guide

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guide

Under OSHA's general requirements for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the University shall perform a hazard assessment of the work site. This hazard assessment is to determine if PPE is necessary; select the appropriate protective equipment; train employees to use it properly; and ensure that they wear it. This is a condensed web version of the actual SUNY New Paltz Policy and Prorgam.

You should know how to use, maintain and wear the appropriate protective equipment.

Summary of Requirements

  • Protective equipment, including personal protective equipment for eyes, face, head and extremities, protective clothing, respiratory devices, and protective shields and barriers, shall be provided, used, and maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition wherever it is necessary by reason of hazards of processes or environment, chemical hazards, radiological hazards, or mechanical irritants encountered in a manner capable of causing injury or impairment in the function of any part of the body through absorption, inhalation or physical contact.
  • Employee-owned equipment. Where employees provide their own protective equipment, the employer shall be responsible to assure its adequacy, including proper maintenance, and sanitation of such equipment.
  • Design. All personal protective equipment shall be of safe design and construction for the work to be performed.
  • Hazard assessment. The employer shall assess the workplace to determine if hazards are present, or likely to be present, which necessitate the use of personal protective equipment.

 

Note: when your PPE hazard assessment calls for sturdy work shoes a sturdy work shoe is defined as leather or appropriate material footwear with proper foot support, protection, and grip for tasks. Flat sole canvas sneakers, moccasins, open toed shoes would not be deem appropriate sturdy work shoes.

 

Training

The supervisor of the employee shall provide training to each employee who is required by this section to use PPE. Each such employee shall be trained to know at least the following:

  • When PPE is necessary.
  • What PPE is necessary.
  • How to properly put on, take off, adjust, and wear PPE.
  • The limitations of the PPE.
  • The proper care, maintenance, useful life and disposal of PPE.

Reporting

The supervisor of employee shall verify:

  • That the required workplace hazard assessment has been performed through a written certification that identifies the workplace evaluated.
  • That a person has certified that the evaluation has been performed.
  • That the hazard assessment has been signed and dated identifies the document as a certification of hazard assessment.

Inspections

PPE should be inspected, cleaned, and maintained at regular intervals by employee so that the PPE provides the requisite protection.

Recordkeeping

The Hazard Assessment forms must be signed by the supervisor to certify that this process has been performed as required by the regulation. The forms must be maintained with the departmental records.

Written Program

SUNY New Paltz has developed and implement provision of a written PPE program.

Hazards Assessment Examples

SUNY New Paltz
Personal Protective Equipment Guideline
Certification of Hazard Assessment

Example

Job Title:  Maintenance Employee                  

Date:                                                                                   

Department:                                                        

Supervisor:                                                                          

Location:                                                            

Analysis by:                                                                         

Employee Name(s):                                            

Signature:                                                                           


Tasks

Potential Hazard

PPE Recommended

Boiler /Heavy Equipment
Mechanic Work

Flying particles, petroleum solvents and wastes, high noise

Safety glasses, chemical resistant gloves, hearing protection muffs

Locksmith Work

Flying particles

Safety glasses, face shield when using high speed tools

Wood Working Work (Shop)

Noise, flying particles, lifting/carrying, rough surfaced materials

Hearing protection (ear muffs or plugs), safety glasses, face shield for high speed tools, puncture/cut resistant gloves, safety shoes

Metal Working Work (Shop)

Noise, flying particles, lifting/carrying, rough surfaced materials, metal working chemicals

Hearing protection (ear muffs or plugs), safety glasses, face shield for high speed tools, puncture/cut resistant gloves, safety shoes

Painting (Shop)

Vapors, mists, solvents and chemicals, flammable

Organic vapor respirator w/paint pre-filter,  fume hood , chemical resistant gloves, safety glasses with side shields

Carpentry Work (Shop)

Solvents, glues, punctures

Chemical resistant gloves, safety glasses with side shields

SUNY New Paltz
Personal Protective Equipment Guideline
Certification of Hazard Assessment Form
Example

Job Title: ________                             

Date:                                                                                      

Department: All                                                  

Supervisor:                                                                             

Location: Coykendall Science Building lab            

Analysis by:                                                                             

Employee Name(s): All                                      

Signature:                                                                               


Tasks

Potential Hazard

PPE Recommended

Tasks

Potential Hazard

PPE Recommended

Working with small volumes of corrosive liquids < 1 liter

Skin and eye damage

Safety glasses or goggles splash hazard ,Light chemical resistant gloves, lab coat, closed shoe, pants

working with large volumes of corrosive liquids >1 liter, acutely toxic corrosives or work which may create a splash hazard

Large surface area skin and eye damaged, poisoning , or great potential for eye and skin damage

Safety splash goggles and face shield Appropriate heavy resistant gloves, above clothes and chemical resistant apron

Working with small volume of organic solvents <1 liter

Skin and damage
Slight poisoning potential through skin absorption

Safety glasses, goggles splash hazard
Light chemical resistant gloves
Lab coat, closed shoe, pants

Working with large volumes of organic solvents >1 liter, very dangerous organic solvents or work which may create a splash hazard

Major skin and eye damage Potential poisoning through skin absorption

Safety goggles and face shield Appropriate heavy resistant gloves
Above clothes and chemical resistant apron

Notes: Please see the glove selection chart for proper selection of all gloves based on the specific hazard.

SUNY New Paltz
Personal Protective Equipment Guideline
Certification of Hazard Assessment Form
Example

Job Title: Tree Trimmer                                

Date:                                                                                            

Department: Grounds keeping                       

Supervisor:                                                                                   

Location:                                                        

Analysis by:                                                                                  

Employee Name(s):                                       

Signature:                                                                                    


Tasks

Potential Hazard

PPE Recommended

Operating hand saw, chainsaw, and wood chipper

Impact

Impact approved safety glasses or goggles and face shield

Trimming activities in, under, or around trees

Falling or rolling objects
Splinters, cuts and abrasions

hard hat and safety boot
Leather palm gloves

This is a condensed version of the complete policy , for the complete policy and program contact:

Michael Malloy, Director
Office: Service Building room 110A
Phone: 257-3310
 

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