A Cheat Sheet to Safety with Proper Personal Protective Equipment

| Published on December 26, 2013

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The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) have put together best practices for safety and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Here’s an at-a-glance look at the agencies’ tips:

1.  Eye Protection

  • Safety glasses should be worn in all work areas at all times. They should always be kept on your face.

  • Use appropriate goggles or face shields when grinding, chipping, welding, cutting etc.

  • Safety glasses should have side shields.

  • Safety glasses that are manufactured according to ANSI Z87 standards or other suitable eye protection should be worn.

  • Safety glasses that double as sunglasses can help reduce glare on sunny days.

2.  Protective Footwear

  • Keep soles free from grease and oil.

  • Footwear should be ankle high or higher.

  • Wear rubber boots in extremely wet conditions.

3.  Safety Lines

  • Safety harness must be worn and attached to safety lines wherever a fall hazard exists.

  • Safety lines and harnesses must be kept clean and in good repair.

  • Safety lines must be securely attached.

  • Safety harnesses have to be adjusted to the individual.

  • Know how to wear your harness properly.

4.  Hearing Protection

  • Wear earplugs to protect against high levels of noise.

  • Disposable earplugs should only be used once.

For more information about using PPE for accident prevention, click here.

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