Once you select the PPE appropriate to protect your workers, you must train workers required to use the equipment how to properly use, care for, inspect and maintain it.
Why Is Training Required?
Never assume any worker understands why a particular piece of PPE is to be used, OR how to use it, OR how to inspect it OR how to know when it is damaged and needs replaced, OR how to properly clean, maintain and store it.
Even long-term workers may never have been taught to properly wear the PPE and may be too embarrassed to ask if they have a question.
When Is Training Required?
Some basic trigger points for PPE training include:
Note: In some cases, regulations require annual refresher training even if there have been no changes. These include the use of respirators and hearing protection.
What Should Training Include?
All PPE training, at a minimum, should cover:
Other topics required for some types of PPE include medical surveillance requirements for respirators and hearing protection as well as fit testing for respirators. Be sure to check the appropriate regulation for a list of the required topics.
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