Approved personal protective equipment must be worn in areas where
hazards or potential hazard to employees exist as identified by the
department and/or division in conjunction with ESH&Q. Types of
hazards vary, and the personnel protective equipment is issued for
specific types of hazards. Most Personal Protective Equipment must
meet national standards (ANSI) and/or NIOSH certification where
applicable in order to be used at BNL.
OSHA requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to
reduce an employees' exposure to hazards when engineering or
administrative controls are not feasible or effective in reducing
these exposures to acceptable levels. Employers are required to
identify any hazards in the workplace and potential exposures to
If PPE is to be used to reduce the exposure of employees to hazards,
a PPE program should be initialized and maintained. This program
should contain identification and evaluation of hazards in the
workplace and if the use of PPE is an appropriate control measure.
The program must include how PPE is selected, maintained, evaluated
and how the employees are trained in its use. A Computer Based Training Module (CBT) currently
exists on the training web site.
Last Modified: March 16, 2012
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