The Importance of PPE

Personal protective equipment, or PPE, is designed to protect workers from all manner of risk in the workplace, to avoid accidents and prevent injuries. Potential hazards range from particles and contaminants in the air to chemicals, gasses, sharp or heavy objects, loud noise and extreme elements such as fire, sparks, and intense heat or cold.

Know the risks involved for each situation to choose the appropriate PPE. Check the instructions and specifications for recommended coverage and correct use of the product. Always make sure you are in compliance with smart work practices and safety standards. In 2015 there were 2,905,900 non-fatal injuries and illnesses in the workplace. How many of those could have been prevented with the proper PPE?

NAPA Safety has the PPE you ­need to protect your employees and keep your business compliant, saving you time and safeguarding your most valuable resource.

Safety Hotlines and Websites

Category Agency Phone Website
Disasters Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 800-621-3362 fema.gov
Drinking Water EPA 800-426-4791 epa.gov/safewater
EPA EPA 202-272-0167 epa.gov
Eye Prevent Blindness
Fire Safety National Fire Protection Association
Food Food Safety Council to report a food problem (except poultry/eggs/meat) 866-300-4374 foodsafety.gov
Food Poultry/eggs/meat problem 888-674-6854 foodsafety.gov
Food U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) 888-463-6332 fda.gov
Food U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 202-720-2791 usda.gov
Hazmat Hazardous Materials and Dangerous Goods Response (Chemtrec) 800-262-8200 chemtrec.com
Hazardous Waste Healthcare Environmental Resource Center 734-995-7989 hercenter.org
Health Centers for Disease Control & Prevention 800-232-4636 cdc.gov
Health National Institutes of Health 301-496-4000 nih.gov
NIOSH NIOSH 800-232-4636 cdc.gov/niosh
OSHA OSHA 800-321-6742 osha.gov
Poison Control American Association of Poison Control Centers 800-222-1222 aapcc.org
Safety National Safety Council 800-621-7615 nsc.org
Substance Abuse Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services 800-662-4357 samhsa.gov
Terror Department of Homeland Security 202-282-8000 dhs.gov

OSHA STANDARDS

OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.138 Hand Protection
Employers shall select and require employees to use appropriate hand protection when employees’ hands are exposed to hazards such as those from skin absorption of harmful substances; severe cuts or lacerations; severe abrasions; puncture, chemical burns; thermal burns and harmful temperature extremes.

OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.133 Eye Protection
Employees must use appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids chemical gases or vapors. Side shields are required when there is a hazard flying objects.

OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.151 Eye/Face Protection
Requires facilities for drenching and flushing of eye or face any person that may be exposed to corrosive chemicals. Meets ANSI Z358. 1-2004 Safety Standards.

OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.136 Foot Protection
Employees must wear protective footwear in areas where there is danger of foot injuries due to falling or rolling objects, piercing of the sole, chemical or electrical hazards. Must be in compliance with ANSI Z41-1991.

OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.135 Head Protection
Employers must wear protective helmets when working in areas where potential injury to the head from falling or flying objects or electrical contact

FDA Food Code 2-402.11 Hair Restraints
All food employees shall wear hair restraints such as hair coverings or nets, beard restraint, and clothing that covers body hair that is designed to be worn to effectively keep their hair from contacting exposed food.

OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.134 Respiratory Protection
Respirators must meet NIOSH approval for respiratory protection against most dusts. To protect from occupational diseases from conditions that are immediately dangerous to life caused by breathing air contaminated with hazardous levels of dusts, fog, fumes, mists, gases, smoke, sprays and vapors.

OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.95 Ear Protection
Requires hearing protection must be available to all workers exposed at or above 85 decibels over an 8 hr. period.

OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030 Bloodborne Pathogen
This standard is designed to help prevent workplace exposure to bloodborne pathogens (not limited to HIV-1 and HBV). Section (B) (3) states where there is occupational exposure, the employer shall provide appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to employees who come in contact with blood or bodily fluids.

OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.151 First Aid Kit
This standard is designed to help with workplace accidents. OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.151 requires kits for any employer with 10 or more employees.