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Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers are required to provide a safe and healthful workplace and must protect workers from hazards that can cause injury or illness.
While completely eliminating the workplace hazard is preferable (and the most ideal), sometimes this is not practical. In these situations employers will require employees to use personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimize the hazards that cannot be eliminated.
OSHA regards protecting workers’ heads from injury as a focal point of PPE compliance. Workplace head injuries frequently have serious or fatal consequences, most of which could have been easily prevented with precautionary measures. Safety helmets or hard hats absorb and reduce impact, as well as prevent penetration hazards. Depending on the model, many also protect from burns and electrical shock hazards as well.
Head protection must be worn in the following circumstances…
With the multitude of hazards present in the workplace and the numerous safety regulations that require compliance, it’s easy to miss a common (but serious) danger. Slick, uneven or slippery surfaces in your facility can produce serious accidents and in some cases, fatal falls. You can reduce workplace injuries significantly by focusing on walking and working surfaces.
Compliance with Personal Protective Equipment Standards is a system of interdependent actions—each of which must be functioning properly to adhere to regulations. Make sure your PPE program is functioning effectively by checking the following areas…
When creating your PPE program, also consider the safety of visitors and vendors that frequent your location. Developing a policy that requires safety glasses and safety shoes for all individuals entering the facility can maintain a healthful environment and help prevent additional injuries. And you don’t have to spend a fortune enforcing this policy if you keep a supply of Wilkuro Safety Toes on hand for unprepared visitors.