University Human Resources
Part III: Personal Protection
Employee’s Personal Safety
OSHA citation 1910.21-32, 1910.132
- When required by the conditions of the job, only closed shoes of leather or semi-impervious (not canvas) material shall be worn. All shoes must have a non-skid sole.
- It may be dangerous to wear jewelry around equipment.
- Know and use the proper safety equipment and clothing for your particular work area.
- Do not remove, alter, or make inoperable any safety device or feature on equipment. If the safety devices on tools you are using have been tampered with, immediately call this to your supervisor’s attention.
- Walk carefully. Report or clean up slippery spots as soon as possible. Proceed with caution around blind corners. Running on the job may be dangerous and is seldom called for. Do not run on stairways. Use hand railings.
- Do not pass under suspended loads of machinery or material. When operating a lifting device, it is your responsibility to enforce this rule. Avoid striking overhead objects while walking below. Whenever possible, the area beneath a suspended load shall be made inaccessible.
- Obey all warning signs. See that they are properly selected and placed on your job. Remove all signs when the job is done and the hazard no longer exists.
- Be aware of all possible pinch points in your work area.
- To avoid puncture wounds, do not carry sharp pointed tools in your pockets.
- Remove or bend down all nails in used lumber, boxes, containers or other places where they present a hazard.
- Close all drawers and doors when not in use.
- If possible, use non-solvent based materials. If using industrial solvents follow manufacturer’s directions and use only in well-ventilated areas. Read and follow product label and MSDS recommendations.
- Minimize skin contact with machine cutting oil and avoid inhalation or exposure to oil mists by wearing an approved respirator and other appropriate protective equipment.
- Request an MSDS sheet if not available. Also request eye protection, gloves and/or a respirator when appropriate. (See Hazard Communication.)
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