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December 12, 2011

Do You Use the Correct Personal Protective Equipment?

Did you know the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in certain work environments? Employers must determine if PPE is required in your work area, however, it’s your responsibility to know where to locate, how to use and maintain the proper PPE for your job. That means knowing if regular safety glasses or goggles are called for, hard hat or bump cap, should you use ear muffs, plugs or both? Being able to answer questions like these can prevent injuries.  A great source for additional information on the use of PPE is Personal Protective Equipment: Stepback for Safety.

Let’s delve a little deeper into hearing loss prevention, also regulated by OSHA. Once you lose your hearing it’s gone, there is no way to recover it.  Protection is the only way to prevent hearing loss. In order to understand  how to prevent hearing loss you must understand how your ears function, what type and duration of noises lead to hearing loss and methods to reduce noise. The way to address each of these factors is covered in Hearing Protection: Stepback for Safety. This Video On Demand course clearly explains how to prevent hearing loss so laughter and other joyful noises can continue to brighten your days.

  1. In industries in which personal protective equipment is required, it’s important that employees be trained how to use and wear the equipment and gear. Without proper training the equipment could be used incorrectly which could cause injury.

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