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Policy: Personal Protective Equipment 


Date: 07/25/04 Policy ID: SEC-022 Status: Final

Policy Type: University
   
Contact Office: Environmental Health and Safety
   
Oversight Executive: Vice President for Research
   
Applies To: 

Academic Division and the Medical Center.

   
Table of Contents: 

Policy Statement
Departmental Responsibility
Procedures

   
Reason for Policy:  To protect University faculty, staff and students from the risk of injuries as a result of being exposed to safety hazards in the work environment.
   
Policy Summary: 
   
Definition of Terms in Statement: 

Hazard Assessment Survey (HAS): A walk-through survey of work areas for the purpose of identifying sources of hazards to faculty, staff or students. Basic categories that should be considered include, but are not limited to: impact from flying objects, moving machinery or falling objects; penetration from sharp objects that can pierce the feet or cut hands; compression (roll over of loads or heavy materials); exposure to harmful dust or chemicals; exposure to high heat or temperature extremes; exposure to light (optical) radiation from welding operations or work with lasers and electrical hazards; and exposure to noise.

   
Policy Statement: 

All University departments are responsible for performing and documenting Hazard Assessment Surveys (HAS) in the work environment, thereby preventing faculty, staff or student member’s exposure to known or foreseeable safety hazards. Installing appropriate engineering controls or guards is generally the first course of action to prevent such injuries from occurring. If such protection is not possible, personal protective equipment will be provided as appropriate.
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Departmental Responsibility
Assistance and instruction is available from the Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) in determining whether or not the need exists for a HAS, conducting the HAS when determined appropriate, and determining the most appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), engineering controls or guards, if needed.

When satisfactory control of safety hazards is not feasible, departments must:

  1. Provide appropriate PPE to prevent injuries as a result of exposure to safety hazards.
  2. Fit PPE to the faculty, staff or student member. Proper fit of PPE will ensure the equipment can provide the intended protection as well as encourage consistent use by the user because it fits comfortably.
  3. Purchase PPE that meet American National Standards Institute (ANSI) certification. ANSI certification must be clearly marked by the equipment manufacturer on all safety PPE. The stamp of certification assures both the purchaser and user that the equipment meets the necessary requirements.
  4. Train faculty, staff or student member when safety PPE needs to be used; how to properly don and remove PPE; how to inspect and care for PPE (cleaning and storage); limitation of PPE and when to remove defective PPE from service.

EHS can make recommendations and assist departments in meeting the above requirements.
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Procedures: 

Procedure 14-5, “Hazard Assessment and Assigning Personal Protective Equipment.”
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Related Information:  OSHA Code of Federal Regulations 1910.132 – Personal Protective Equipment General Requirements; 1910.133 – Eye and Face Protection; 1910.135 – Head Protection; 1910.135 – Foot Protection; 1910.137 – Electrical Protective Equipment; 1910.138 – Hand Protection
   
Policy Background: 
   
Major Category: Safety, Security and Environmental Quality
   
Category Cross Reference: 
   
   
Process: 
   
Next Scheduled Review: 07/25/14
   
Approved By, Date: Policy Review Committee, 07/25/04
   
Revision History: Previous version in effect from 3/1/1999 through 7/24/05.
   
Supersedes (previous policy):  Personal Protective Equipment XIV.O.1