The following sample policies are OPTIONAL. They are not required by WISHA safety and health rules, but they may be useful in helping you develop, establish, and implement your company’s PPE requirements and rules. We encourage employers to copy, expand, and modify the sample as necessary to accomplish this.
In addition, the Consultation Section of the Department of Labor and Industries may be called on for assistance at any time. A list of regional service location branches are listed in the resource pages at the end of the guide; contact your local branch for further information or help.
You can also call the toll-free number: 1-800-423-7233.
PLEASE CUSTOMIZE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) POLICIES ACCORDING TO YOUR WORK PLACE. ADD AND/OR DELETE INFORMATION AS NEEDED TO MAKE IT FIT THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF YOUR WORK PLACE OPERATIONS AND PROCEDURES.
REMEMBER: YOUR SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAM CAN ONLY BE EFFECTIVE IF IT IS PUT INTO PRACTICE!
The (Name of your business) Personal Protective Equipment Policies includes:
(Safety Person or designated person) is responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of (Name of your business)’s PPE policies. This involves
Supervisors (leads, etc., and/or designated persons) = Supervisors (leads, etc., and/or designated persons) have the primary responsibility for implementing and enforcing PPE use and policies in their work area. This involves
Employees - The PPE user is responsible for following the requirements of the PPE policies. This involves
Employees who repeatedly disregard and do not follow PPE policies and rules will be (Write in the actions management will take concerning this matter.)
A. Hazard Assessment for PPE
(Safety Person or designated person) will conduct, review, and update the hazard assessment for PPE whenever
Any new PPE requirements that are developed will be added into (Name of your business)’s written accident prevention program.
B. Selection of PPE
Once the hazards of a workplace have been identified, (Safety Person or designated person) will determine if the hazards can first be eliminated or reduced by methods other than PPE, i.e., methods that do not rely on employee behavior, such as engineering controls (refer to Appendix B – Controlling Hazards).
If such methods are not adequate or feasible, then (Safety Person or designated person) will determine the suitability of the PPE presently available; and as necessary, will select new or additional equipment which ensures a level of protection greater than the minimum required to protect our employees from the hazards (refer to Appendix C – Selection of PPE). Care will be taken to recognize the possibility of multiple and simultaneous exposure to a variety of hazards.
Adequate protection against the highest level of each of the hazards will be recommended for purchase.
All personal protective clothing and equipment will be of safe design and construction for the work to be performed and will be maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition. Only those items of protective clothing and equipment that meet NIOSH or ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards will be procured or accepted for use. Newly purchased PPE must conform to the updated ANSI standards which have been incorporated into the PPE regulations, as follows:
Affected employees whose jobs require the use of PPE will be informed of the PPE selection and will be provided PPE by (Name of your business) at no charge. Careful consideration will be given to the comfort and proper fit of PPE in order to ensure that the right size is selected and that it will be used.
Any worker required to wear PPE will receive training in the proper use and care of PPE before being allowed to perform work requiring the use of PPE. Periodic retraining will be offered to PPE users as needed. The training will include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following subjects:
Retraining - The need for retraining will be indicated when
D. Cleaning and Maintenance of PPE
Personal protective equipment must not be shared between employees until it has been properly cleaned and sanitized. PPE will be distributed for individual use whenever possible.
If employees provide their own PPE, make sure that it is adequate for the work place hazards, and that it is maintained in a clean and reliable condition.
Defective or damaged PPE will not be used and will be immediately discarded and replaced.
NOTE: Defective equipment can be worse than no PPE at all. Employees would avoid a hazardous situation if they knew they were not protected; but they would get closer to the hazard if they erroneously believed they were protected, and therefore would be at greater risk.
It is also important to ensure that contaminated PPE which cannot be decontaminated is disposed of in a manner that protects employees from exposure to hazards.
E. Safety Disciplinary Policy
The following steps will be followed unless the seriousness of the violation would dictate going directly to Step 2 or Step 3.
Source: MaintainX (Community Member)