How to Make the Right Choice: Selection of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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For almost every occupational activity, a variety of manufacturers offer appropriate solutions for the use of personal protective equipment. The employers are responsible for selecting, purchasing and providing the appropriate equipment for each occupation.

The A+A trade show is always an attraction for visitors who are entrusted with the procurement of PPE. There are very many standards for the selection of PPE. Nevertheless, a high degree of uncertainty regarding the selection of PPE is still recognizable. In the following, you will find information that will help in the selection of PPE.

Download: Personal Protective Equipment Selection Guide
Many chemicals known to be harmful to health can be easily absorbed into the body. The respiratory tract is usually the major route of entry for chemical exposures. These exposures can be controlled by work practices (keeping containers closed when not in use), fume hoods and respirators. This Personal Protective Equipment Selection Guide has been developed by Environmental Health and Safety to assist the Stony Brook University researchers in selecting the most appropriate personal protective equipment, with an emphasis on glove selection, for chemical hazards.
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Online Guide: Designing an Effective PPE Program
PPE is equipment worn by a worker to minimize exposure to specific occupational hazards. Examples of PPE include respirators, gloves, aprons, fall protection, and full body suits, as well as head, eye and foot protection. But which steps are involved in the selection of PPE? There are no shortcuts to PPE selection. Everyone involved has to know where, why, and how to use the equipment. This online guide gives valuable help.
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Download: Checklist for the selection of personal protective equipment (PPE)
With this "Personal Protective Equipment Checklist For Shops" you can determine the kind of hazards your employees are exposed to and which protection is necessary to minimize the risks. You will be able to decide whether you need protection for eyes, face, hands, legs or any other body part.
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Online FAQs: What should I know about safety footwear?
If you are at risk for foot injury at your workplace, you should wear the appropriate protective footwear. If foot protection is required, set up a complete foot safety protection program including selection, fit testing, training, maintenance and inspection. Select CSA-certified footwear. Ensure that it has the proper rating for the hazard and the proper sole for the working conditions. You will find these tips and more information about choosing the right protective footwear on the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety FAQ webpages.
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Online FAQs: Chemical Protective Clothing - Glove Selection
In the FAQs of The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety website you can also read about what you should know about chemical protective clothing – e.g. that chemical protective clothing should not be considered as a replacement for engineering control methods. However, there are often few alternatives available, or an emergency (e.g., a spill) requires their use. Since the clothing is the last line of defense for protecting the skin, care must be taken to ensure it provides the protection expected.
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OSH Wiki: Selecting the best Hearing Protectors
Hearing protection is used to reduce (attenuate) noise reaching the wearer’s ear, and so reduce the risk of hearing damage from excessive noise. The effectiveness of hearing protection is often limited by personal and workplace factors, and it can reduce the audibility of warning sounds. For these reasons hearing protection must be selected and used with care and is not to be used as an alternative to reducing the noise in the workplace. This article provides guidance on the selection and use of hearing protection in accordance with European Union (EU) Directives and standard recommendations.
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eTool: Selecting Eye and Face Protection for the Workplace
Personal protective equipment (PPE) for the eyes and face is designed to prevent or lessen the severity of injuries to workers. The employer must assess the workplace and determine if hazards that necessitate the use of eye and face protection are present or are likely to be present before assigning PPE to workers. A hazard assessment should determine the risk of exposure to eye and face hazards, including those which may be encountered in an emergency. Employers should be aware of the possibility of multiple and simultaneous hazard exposures and be prepared to protect against the highest level of each hazard.
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OSH Wiki: Protective helmets – requirements and selection
In many industrial working environments, the risk of head injury to workers is constantly present. Due to the nature of these work activities, it is not always possible to eliminate such risks with just organisational solutions or collective protective equipment. Therefore, the only way to ensure the safety of workers is by using safety helmets. The type of helmet will depend on the specific nature of the physical risks that have been identified in the risk assessment undertaken for the activity. This article provides information for users of protective helmets as well as employers and OSH engineers. It includes information on definitions and gives the requirements for different kind of protective helmets that offer protection against physical risks.
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e-Book: Quick Selection Guide to Chemical Protective Clothing
This guide contains a compilation of chemical resistance data from a variety of published and unpublished sources. It gives information on hazardous chemicals and recommendations for the selection of chemical protective clothing. In the guide you will find sections about "Chemical Resistance of Protective Clothing", a "Chemical Index", "Selection Recommendations", and more.
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OSH Wiki: Reflective clothing
Every year, many employees are injured or die in accidents involving moving vehicles or machines within their workplaces because their presence was not signaled appropriately. Many accidents are also caused by insufficient visibility of individuals moving along the roads. The safety of people who are at risk of being hit by moving vehicles and objects may be increased by using reflective clothing characterised by appropriate properties and design, and selected appropriately for conditions in which the presence of people needs to be signaled
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Download: Guide for the Selection of Personal Protective Equipment for Emergency First Responders
The Preparedness Directorate’s Office of Grants and Training (G&T) Systems Support Division (SSD) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is the focal point for providing support to State and local law enforcement agencies in the development of counterterrorism technology and standards, including technology needs for CBRNE defense. In recognizing the needs of State and local emergency first responders, the DHS has published a CBRNE defense equipment guide. The guide focuses on CBRNE equipment in areas of detection, personal protection, decontamination, and communication. It was developed to assist the emergency first responder community in the evaluation and purchase of CBRN personal protection equipment (PPE).
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