University Human Resources
Part III: Personal Protection
Protective Clothing and Equipment
OSHA citation 1910.134-137
- It is the employee’s responsibility to obtain, use, maintain and clean protective equipment. It is the supervisor’s responsibility to furnish protection as required for the job being performed. It is both the employee’s and supervisor’s responsibility to keep equipment clean and usable. All equipment and clothing should be checked periodically to ensure that all safety features are intact.
- Avoid loose fitting clothes and gloves. Gloves will be provided and must be carefully selected for each specific job. Shirts with sleeves and long pants must be worn, if furnished, to avoid unnecessary injuries. Do not take protective clothing home with you.
- Daily changes of uniforms, shirts and trousers shall be provided to all employees who apply pesticides and herbicides on a regular basis. If this work is on a part-time basis, coveralls will be provided.
- Head protection (hard hats) must be worn on jobs where there is danger of being struck by falling objects or in areas where head room is limited or obstructed.
- Respirators must be used in certain cases when adequate local exhaust or general ventilation cannot be provided. Before using a respirator, an employee must be fit-tested and trained in its use by EH&S staff. The right type must be used, depending on the contaminant. To offer protection, respirators must fit properly and cartridges must be replaced regularly. Make sure the filters are approved for protection against your particular exposures. This information can be found on the box the filter comes in. Inspect respirators routinely before and after each use. Always store your respirators so they will be protected against dust, sunlight, heat, extreme cold, excessive moisture or damaging chemicals. If you have questions, concerns or need refresher information about the use of a respirator, contact your supervisor.
- When entering any closed tanks or poorly ventilated areas or other confined space, always bring breathing equipment with you (See Confined Space Entry.)
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