Departments are to conduct assessments to evaluate whether hazards are present requiring personal protective equipment (PPE). WSU's Occupational Health & Safety unit conducts hazard assessments to evaluate whether airborne hazards require the use of respiratory protection and/or if noise levels require the use of hearing protectors.
The Personal Protective Equipment Hazard Assessment and Certification Guidelines may be used to support hazard 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 reference the Laboratory Safety Manual, Section 4, and prepare Standard Operating Procedures evaluating chemical hazards, identifying engineering and administrative controls, supporting PPE selection and documenting training.
Hazard assessments should be conducted whenever new equipment or processes are introduced or an injury or illness investigation indicates the need for personal protective equipment.
Departments are to provide PPE and train employees using PPE. 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