OSHA PPE Requirements: A Quick Refresher

What do OSHA’s personal protective equipment requirements entail for today’s workplaces?

Personal protective equipment is a carefully regulated requirement in workplaces.

Protecting employees takes many forms, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) rules therefore call on companies to perform several roles. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is an important and tangible contributor to everyday worker safety, and it pays for leaders to remember their duties when it comes to issuing, maintaining and managing the protective gear their team members need.

OSHA considers PPE a final line of defense against danger. The agency would rather see employers prevent hazardous elements from entering their environments in the first place, but acknowledges that when there’s no way to remove potential causes of harm, workers must possess protective equipment. The following are a few parts of OSHA’s PPE rules for managers to keep in mind as they review their own programs.

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