Departments are to conduct assessments to determine if hazards are present requiring the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). WSU's Occupational Health & Safety unit conducts hazard assessments to determine if airborne hazards require the use of respiratory protection and if noise levels require the use of hearing protectors.
The Personal Protective Equipment Hazard Assessment and Certification Guidelines may be used to conduct assessments in non-laboratory workplaces. Hazard assessments are to be documented on the Workplace Hazard Assessment Certification Form. An example of a completed form can be seen here.
Laboratories should use the Laboratory Safety Manual, Section 4, Standard Operating Procedures to assess and document chemical hazards, select PPE and record training.
A hazard assessment should be conducted whenever new equipment or processes are introduced or an investigation of an injury or illness indicates the need for personal protective equipment.
Departments are to train employees to use personal protective equipment. This training includes:
Training is to be documented using the Personal Protective Equipment Training Certification form.
Fact Sheet: Eye and Fact Protection, The Eyes Have It
Fact Sheet: Foot and Leg Protection, In Step with Safety
Fact Sheet: Hand Protection, Hand in Glove with Safety
Fact Sheet: Workplace Hazard Assessment: PPE
#OHS-26 "PPE for Head, Eye/Face, Hand and Foot"
#OHS-27 "Hand Safety"
#OHS-28 "Eye Protection - A New Approach"
Safety Policies and Procedures Manual: Personal Protective Equipment