A Brief Overview: Personal Protection Equipment

If you’ve been watching the news as of late, you’ve probably seen or heard a lot about personal protection equipment in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak. Below is a brief overview of the different types of PPE. You can find all of these items on our website by clicking here for protective suits and respirators, and here for all protective equipment related to eyes, ears, hands and head protection.

All types of gear for multiple industrial and manufacturing fields fall under the umbrella of personal protection equipment (PPE). Equipment for the military and law enforcement to standard safety gear are all used for personal protection in various instances. In construction, warehouse, and industrial environment, personal protection equipment generally refers to typical safety gear to protect the torso, head, face, eyes, and ears from impacts, electrical hazards, heat, chemicals, or infection.

Personal protection equipment for the head often comes in the form of a hard hat or helmet. Most are made from high-density polyethylene and have a suspension inside. Helmets need to be worn in spaces in which falling objects – from small debris to packages and rocks – could cause injury. Because of the disparity of potential threats, some work areas only need basic protection from a bump cap, while others require a higher-quality hard hat.

Eye protection is required in areas with debris, as well. As even small particles could cause an injury or blindness, safety goggles or glasses keep them out. Nearly all industrial, construction, and laboratory workspaces require safety glasses or goggles to protect workers’ eyes from particles or chemical splashes.

Loud noises are also a regular feature for various industrial and construction sites, and proper ear protection is required. This personal protection equipment, however, shouldn’t block out all sounds. Ear plugs or muffs should offer enough protection to allow a worker to hear coworkers in case of emergencies, but should muffle most distracting background sounds.

Other worksites or jobs may require specific personal protection equipment. Jobs involving working at heights always require a harness and lanyard as fall protection, while hazardous materials personal protection equipment is needed for decontamination procedures and spill cleanup. Equipment for these instances, such as Level 1 or 2 decontamination suits, are worn by workers handling and cleaning up chemicals or oil. Afterwards, the workers will go through a decontamination procedure to remove the chemical, hazardous, or oily substance and the suits will be disposed.

OSHA Revises National Emphasis Program to Reduce or Eliminate Worker Exposure to Silica

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it has established a revised National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and reduce or eliminate worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) in general industry, maritime and construction.

The NEP targets specific industries expected to have the highest numbers of workers exposed to silica, and focuses on enforcement of the new silica standards, one for general industry and maritime and one for construction.

Changes made to the NEP include:

  • Revised application to the lower permissible exposure limit for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter as an 8-hour time-weighted average in general industry, maritime and construction;
  • Updated list of target industries, as listed in the appendix of the NEP; from this list, area offices will develop randomized establishment lists of employers in their local jurisdictions for targeted inspections;
  • Compliance safety and health officers will refer to current enforcement guidance for RCS inspection procedures;
  • All OSHA regional and area offices must comply with this NEP, but they are not required to develop and implement corresponding regional or local emphasis programs; and
  • State Plans must participate because of the nationwide exposures to silica.

To read the full news release from OSHA, click here. For more information on the health effects from silica exposure, and how employers can protect workers, visit OSHA’s Safety and Health Topics webpage on Crystalline Silica.

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Ensure Workplace Safety with Hazardous Spill Kits On Site

If you or your company habitually works with hazardous materials or chemicals, then you should always be prepared for a spill. Spills can happen anywhere, at any time, and to anyone, so make sure you or your employees have the proper equipment to handle such an accident. If you or your employees know how to properly handle spilled hazardous materials in a timely fashion, then you can reduce environmental impacts as well as the chances of someone getting injured. To prepare you and your employees, make sure you secure one of our many hazardous spill kits.

Hazardous spills can include oil-based as well as chemical-based materials. When these materials become exposed to human and environmental contact, they can become very dangerous to those in the area. Regardless, spills can happen, and so you need to make sure you are properly prepared to handle one. Hazardous spill kits from Spill911.com can help you clean up dangerous material before it becomes a real hazard.

Our kits come in all shapes and sizes. Our economy hazardous spill kit is compact, highly visible, and contains solvents for both oil and chemical spills. If you’re looking for something a bit more specified, our response buckets are incredibly portable and can contain all-purpose absorbents, oil-only absorbents, or hazardous liquid absorbents. Don’t worry; our hazardous spill kit options don’t end there. We offer training materials, DVDs, refill materials, single use kits, mobile dollies, and so much more. Your options are endless when you shop at our online store!

Don’t let yourself or your employee’s fall victim to hazardous materials. Protect your employees by making sure everyone is prepared! Clean up the spill with the help of one of our many versatile hazardous kits. When you’re prepared, you’ll effectively create a safer working environment for everyone.

To view the full line of Hazardous Spill Kits from Spill 911, click here. You can also access individual Hazmat Absorbent products by clicking here. Any questions? Please give one of our customer service representatives a call at 800-474-5911.

OSHA Updates National Emphasis Program on Amputations in Manufacturing Industries

Toward the end of 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced an update to its National Emphasis Program (NEP) to focus agency inspections on amputation hazards in manufacturing industries. This is the first update of the NEP on amputations since 2015.

The NEP targets industrial and manufacturing workplaces where employees are injured by unguarded or improperly guarded machinery and equipment. NEPs focus agency enforcement activity and do not create any new obligation to employers.

The updated NEP revises targeting methodology to include data from amputation reporting requirements, revises coding requirements for amputation inspections in the OSHA Information System and adds new appendices on amputations targeting methodology and North American Industry Classification System codes.

The emphasis program includes a three-month period of education and prevention outreach, which will run until March 10, 2020. During this period, OSHA will continue to respond to complaints, referrals, hospitalizations and fatalities.

Employers are already responsible for ensuring machines are properly safeguarded to prevent worker amputations and other fatal injuries. OSHA’s Machine Guarding webpage provides compliance assistance resources to help employers identify amputation hazards, and follow required procedures to properly guard stationary and portable machines.

To read the full news release from OSHA, click here.