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Industrial Environments and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Read below for a list of protective equipment that is recommended by, that may be required in industrial environments. To ensure compliance, conduct a workplace audit taking into account the daily tasks and hazards that employees encounter. Consult with your supplier of personal protective equipment (PPE) to fulfill the requirements determined by the audit.

Eye and Face Protection

Safety glasses or face shields are worn any time work operations can cause foreign objects to get in the eye. For example, during welding, cutting, grinding, nailing (or when working with concrete and/or harmful chemicals or when exposed to flying particles). Wear when exposed to any electrical hazards, including working on energized electrical systems.

Eye and face protectors – select based on anticipated hazards.

Foot Protection

Construction workers should wear work shoes or boots with slip-resistant and puncture-resistant soles.

Safety-toed footwear is worn to prevent crushed toes when working around heavy equipment or falling objects.

Hand Protection

Gloves should fit snugly.

Workers should wear the right gloves for the job (examples: heavy-duty rubber gloves for concrete work; welding gloves for welding; insulated gloves and sleeves when exposed to electrical hazards).

Head Protection

Wear hard hats where there is a potential for objects falling from above, bumps to the head from fixed objects, or of accidental head contact with electrical hazards.

Hard hats – routinely inspect them for dents, cracks or deterioration; replace after a heavy blow or electrical shock; maintain in good condition.

Hearing Protection

Use earplugs/earmuffs in high noise work areas where chainsaws or heavy equipment are used; clean or replace earplugs regularly.

More complete information can be made available by contacting OSHA.

OSHA 3260-09N-05
U.S. Department of Labor
(800) 321-OSHA

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