Loss Control Insights
On The Road With Justin Roeglin
Controlling a hazard at its source is the best way to protect employees. However, when engineering, work practice and administrative controls do not provide sufficient protection. Employers must provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for their employees and ensure its proper use.
“Developing a comprehensive PPE program is the best way to make certain your employees have and are using appropriate PPE,” advises EMC Safety Engineer Justin Roeglin. According to Roeglin, such a program should include:
- Performing a hazard assessment of the workplace to identify physical and health hazards
- Identifying and providing appropriate PPE for employees
- Training employees on the use and care of PPE
- Maintaining PPE, including replacing worn or damaged PPE
- Periodically reviewing, updating and evaluating the effectiveness of the PPE program
“With few exceptions, OSHA now requires employers to pay for PPE used to comply with OSHA standards,” notes Roeglin. Among the PPE that employers must pay for are metatarsal foot protection; nonprescription eye protection; goggles and face shields; firefighting PPE; hard hats; hearing protection; and welding PPE. Roeglin encourages employers to review current OSHA standards at www.osha.gov when developing a PPE program.