Personal Protective Equipment and Job Safety Analyses
 
 
Safety is Everyone’s Business…...
 
     It is the responsibility of all LSUHSC-NO faculty, staff and students to follow all safety rules, policies and procedures!
 
 
 
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
 
What’s it all about?
 
     What is Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and why is it important?
     What is LSUHSC-NO’s written PPE program and why do we have one?
     When is the use of PPE necessary?
     What PPE is necessary?
     How to wear and limitations of assigned PPE
 
What is PPE?
 
Definition: Devices used to protect an employee from injury or illness resulting from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards (OSHA).
 
The need for PPE and the type of PPE used is based on hazard assessment.
 
Types of PPE at LSUHSC-NO
 
     Eye and Face Protections-safety glasses, goggles, face shields
     Head Protection- hardhats and helmets
     Foot Protection-steel-toed shoes & boots
     Hand Protection-cotton, leather, latex, vinyl, PVC gloves, etc.
     Hearing Protection-ear plugs, ear muffs
     Respiratory Protection-respirators, dusk masks
 
Why Does LSUHSC-NO have a PPE program? 
Important Questions about LSUHSC-NO’s PPE Program
 
     Can I get in trouble for not wearing PPE as instructed by my Supervisor or Professor/Instructor?
o   Yes-You can lose your job or be expelled from school.
 
     Who is required to participate in the PPE program?
o   Anyone who works in a high risk area where personal protective equipment is required.
 
Introduction to LSUHSC-NO’s PPE Program
 
     Responsibilities
     Implementation Requirements
     Employee Training and Education
     Recordkeeping
     Job Safety Analysis (JSA)
     References 
 
Responsibilities
 
Environmental Health and Safety Department shall:
 
    Provide technical support and assist departments in implementing an effective PPE program.
    Provide training for PPE instruction as needed.
    Review/ revise the PPE program for compliance with applicable regulations.
 
Supervisors/ Principal Investigators (PI) shall:   
         

 Faculty, Staff, Students, Visitors and Volunteers shall: 

 
Implementation Requirements
 
There are 2 general methods for controlling exposure to hazardous substances:
 
Engineering controls-eliminate or reduce exposure to a chemical or physical hazard through the use or substitution of engineered machinery or equipment. Examples include: self-capping syringe needles, ventilation systems such as fume hoods, sound dampening materials to reduce noise levels, safety interlocks, and radiation shielding.
 
Administrative controls-(work practice controls) are changes in work procedures, such as written safety policies, rules, supervision schedules, and training, with the goal of reducing the duration, frequency, and severity of exposure to hazardous chemicals or situations.
 
NOTE: THE PREFERRED METHOD FOR REDUCING EMPLOYEE EXPOSURE AT LSUHSC-NO IS THE USE OF ENGINEERING CONTROLS AND IF THESE ARE NOT SUFFICIENT TO MINIMIZE EXPOSURE, PPE WILL BE USED
 
LSUHSC-NO is required to Provide PPE when: 

Who Pays for Protective Equipment?

Employee Training & Education
 
All employees must receive hands-on training regarding basic PPE usage BEFORE they can work in an area where PPE is required. Initial Training Must contain the following elements:
 
• When PPE is necessary.
• What type of PPE is necessary?
• How to properly don, doff adjust and wear the PPE.
• Limitations of the particular PPE. 
• The proper care, maintenance, useful life and disposal of the PPE.  
 
Retraining/Refresher Training is required when:
 
 A Supervisor/PI deems it necessary to do so (unlimited circumstances)
• A Supervisor/PI determines that an employee does not understand the skill required.
• Changes in the workplace render previous training obsolete.
• Changes in the types of PPE to be used render previous training obsolete. 
• Inadequacies in an affected employee’s knowledge or use of assigned PPE.
 
All training must be documented using Appendix B, PPE Training Certification located in the Environmental Health & Safety Policy Manual.
 
To view the Appendix B, PPE Training Certification form, go to:
 
 http://www.is.lsuhsc.edu/safety/policies/EHS400.03%20-%20Personal%20Protective%20Equipment%20Policy.pdf
 
 
Employee Training: Records Retention
 
Who is required to keep Training Records at LSUHSC-NO?
 
·         Supervisors/Principle Investigators are required to maintain a copy of employee training records for a minimum of current and three prior fiscal years.
·         The Environmental Health and Safety Department is required maintain a copy of all training records for a minimum of current and three prior fiscal years.
 
Job Safety Analysis (JSA)
 

   

http://www.is.lsuhsc.edu/safety/policies/EHS400.04%20-%20Job%20Safety%20Analysis%20Policy.pdf
 

     JSA’s are required to be performed for:
o   All jobs that have resulted in an incident/accident trend or death
o   Jobs that have a potential for severe injury or property damage
o   Changes in job procedures or equipment
     JSAs should be maintained and displayed in plain view in the work area where to task will be performed or equipment used.
     Equipment Operating Manuals that provide instructions on the proper and safe usage of equipment can also serve as JSAs, but must be readily accessible to employees using the equipment.
 
If it is Determined that PPE is Required for the Job after the JSA assessment, then the Supervisor/PI is required to: 
Related Policies/Relevant Background
 
Environmental Health & Safety Policy Manual:
 
·         Personal Protective Equipment (policy #: EHS-400.03). To view policy, go to:
 
http://www.is.lsuhsc.edu/safety/policies/EHS400.03%20-%20Personal%20Protective%20Equipment%20Policy.pdf
 
·         Job Safety Analysis Policy (policy #: EHS-400.04). To view policy,
     
http://www.is.lsuhsc.edu/safety/policies/EHS400.04%20-%20Job%20Safety%20Analysis%20Policy.pdf