When products contain chemicals that could present a hazard for workers, and the hazard cannot be eliminated through the use of engineering controls, use of a safer alternative or work practices, employers are required to provide appropriate gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE).
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) 29 CFR 1926.95 for PPE, requires employers “to ensure that appropriate PPE is provided, effectively used, and maintained".
Employers are responsible for:
- Performing a "hazard assessment" of the workplace to identify and control physical and health hazards.
- Identifying and providing appropriate PPE for employees.
- Training employees in the use and care of the PPE.
- Maintaining PPE, including replacing worn or damaged PPE.
- Periodically reviewing, updating and evaluating the effectiveness of the PPE program.
- OSHA PPE Standard -- 29 CFR 1926.95
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- New Standard for High Visibility and How it Applies to Gloves (Note: webinar is FREE, and registration is required.)
The new ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 now includes high visibility standards for optional accessories – gloves, arm/leg bands and headwear/hoods. This means that if you want to meet the standard, your PPE should be made using ANSI-107 compliant reflective and fluorescent materials. Learn what to look for, what it means and how to stay safe at work.
Selecting the right glove for a product can be challenging because a glove designed for one chemical or function may not be effective for another. Employers should begin by conducting a hazard assessment and consider:
- What chemicals are in the product? (Check the Label and the Safety Data Sheet to learn more)
- How the worker will come in contact with the chemical (splash or immersion) and for how long?
- How much of the worker's skin will be exposed – hand, forearm, etc.?
- How much dexterity will the worker need?
- Will thermal protection be needed?
- Will the work involve abrasive materials and will the gloves need to be puncture/cut resistant?
- OSHA Office of Training and Education – PPE Assessment