Personal Protective Equipment

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Personal Protective Equipment Prepared for: Occupational Heath and Safety Columbia Southern University Prepared By Faylene Ahlers Student July 22, 2006 Regardless of the industry safety of the employer, employee and work site should be of the utmost importance as there are a myriad of hazards that can be encountered in a normal workday. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) is meant to avert safety and health issues on the job through the use of various federal regulations governing the issue of safety. The use of Personal Protective Equipment is one such regulation to be found within the Occupational Health and Safety Act. “Most of the regulations specified by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration have been very positive and in the best interest of the employee.”(Hunter, 1994,p.40) OSHA's mission is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.(osha.gov) Methods of controlling potentially harmful exposures to hazards found in the workplace are typically classified into three broad categories: engineering controls, administrative controls and personal protective equipment otherwise known as PPE.(Accident Prevention, 1997,9.160) Most employers consider the use of personal protective equipment to be a last stand against hazard exposure as the use of PPE alone means that the original hazard is be mitigated rather than completely removed. Personal Protective Equipment ranges through a variety of devices and various forms of garments designed to protect the wearer from designated hazards and can include but is
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