OSHA PPE Standards for Safety Equipment | Who is Responsible?

30 November 2016

WHAT IS PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)?

According to OSHA, Personal Protective Equipment is anything worn on your person that reduces the risk of illness, injury, or exposure to hazardous materials. Items generally designated as PPE include:

  • Respirators
  • Protective Clothing (Coveralls, Vests, Full-body Suits, etc.)
  • Gloves
  • Boots / Shoes
  • Hard-hats
  • Protective Shields / Barriers
  • Ear Protection (Earplugs, Earmuffs, etc.)
  • Eye Protection (Safety Glasses / Goggles)

 

GENERAL INDUSTRY STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS

The Employer

The Employee

is responsible for making sure PPE (whether employer-owned and employee-owned) is adequately designed, maintained, and sanitized.

is responsible for assessing workplace hazards and dictating the use of PPE in accordance with present dangers.

is responsible for training each employee in the use of necessary PPE.

is responsible to pay for all personal protective equipment necessary for the employee to safely do his/her job, with the exception of non-specialty safety eyewear or toe-protective footwear.

is responsible for replacing damaged or inadequate equipment, unless lost or intentionally damaged by the employee.

is responsible for reporting workplace injuries or illnesses of every level of severity to the Employer.

is responsible for attending training regarding PPE.

is responsible for maintaining his/her PPE.

is responsible for paying to replace lost or intentionally-damaged PPE.

is responsible for informing a supervisor of damaged or inadequate safety equipment.

is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their personal protective equipment.

is responsible for providing their own non-specialty safety eyewear and toe-protective footwear, such as steel-toe shoes or boots.

 

ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS FOR SHIPYARD EMPLOYMENT

The Employer may be required to provide these additional anchorage safety items:

  • Body Belt
  • Body Harness
  • Connector (carabiner, D-ring, buckle, snaphook, etc.)
  • Lanyard / Lifeline (ripstich or automatic self-retracting)
  • Deceleration devices
  • Self-retracting lifeline/lanyard
  • Restraint / Tether Line
  • Personal fall arrest system
  • Positioning device system
  • Rope grab

 

ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS FOR MARINE TERMINALS

The Employer must provide each employee with a PFD (Personal Floatation Device). This includes life preservers, life jackets, or work vests.

 

ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS FOR CONSTRUCTION

The Employee is responsible for providing their own non-specialty safety eyewear and toe-protective footwear, such as steel-toe shoes or boots.

The Employer may be responsible for additional safety items, including:

  • Anchorage systems
  • Safety Nets
  • Personal Floatation Devices (when working near or over water)

 

ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS FOR LONGSHORING

The Employer is responsible for providing PFDs and having the following items in the vicinity of each vessel being worked on:

  • Life-rings
  • First-aid kit
  • Stretcher
  • Blanket