Chapter 19: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The purpose of this program is to protect workers from common workplace hazards (such as cutting, grinding, drilling, sharp edges, pinch, and temperature extremes) or exposures to harmful substances and physical agents in the work area (including chemicals, extreme heat or cold, lasers, radiation hazards, biohazards, fall hazards, and dust) by setting forth requirements for the most common types of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as hard hats/helmets, protective footwear, safety glasses, and protective clothing. (Hazard-specific PPE requirements, such as laser safety glasses, dust masks, and hearing protection, are listed in each appropriate ESH Manual chapter.) It covers determining, acquiring, using, inspecting and maintaining, and posting for common types of PPE. It applies to workers, supervisors, field construction and service managers and points of contact, subcontractors and user institutions, and the personal protective equipment program manager.
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