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August 18, 2009

OSHA Offers Guide to Hazard Assessment and PPE Needs

The Dept. of Labor reports that approximately 3.8 million nonfatal occupational injuries occurred in 2007. That's because hazards exist in every workplace, and in many different forms. Employers large and small must be aware of hazards including noise, sharp objects, moving machinery, chemicals and flying particles.
Eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses and workers compensation.
OSHA has developed a guide to help small business employers recognize personal protective equipment (PPE) needs for their workplaces. The guide also provides information about proper PPE selection and usage, including gloves, foot and eye protection, hard hats, respirators and hearing protection.
Employers must provide PPE to their employees and ensure its use. Prominent signs that state where and what type of PPE is required will help keep your employees safe and your workplace accident-free.