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Environmental Health & Safety PPE Hazard Assessment and Training

PPE Hazard Assessment and Training

The personal protective equipment regulation requires that each employer assess the workplace to determine if hazards are present, or likely to be present, which necessitate the use of personal protective equipment. If such hazards are present, or are likely to be present, the employer must have each affected employee use the proper equipment to protect him/her from workplace hazards. Each employee must be trained how to make proper decisions about protective equipment to be used in the workplace. The protective equipment selected must fit the affected employee.

The employer is required to verify that the required workplace hazard assessment has been performed. For purposes of the laboratory safety program requirements, each PI or lab instructor is required to certify the proper assessment has been performed. Also, a certification that affected employees are properly trained must be prepared. Included on this certificate is information containing the name of each employee trained, the date(s) of training, and the subject of certification.

Blank certificates which comply with the personal protective equipment rule are provided with each “SOP” form, for convenience. For further information about the personal protective equipment rule and it’s certification requirements, please refer to the WSU Safety Policies and Procedures Manual Section 3.10.

For additional information on PPE, see the following Fact Sheets: