As required by the Illinois Department of Labor, Emergency Management and Safety has developed specific health and safety policies designed for the workplace environment. It is the responsibility of supervisors and employees in these units to become familiar with the policies.
The health and safety policies are intended to serve as guidelines for departments to provide a safe workplace environment. Certain departments will have to develop more specific procedures, including written plans, hazard assessments, and site specific training, to ensure the safety of their employees. Should your department need assistance, contact Emergency Management and Safety.
Outline of Responsibility
The following provides information on employee responsibilities related to health and safety policies:
- Provide safety instruction and require safe work habits for employees under your supervision.
- Be alert for incidents of human error and mechanical failure.
- Make mechanical corrections as needed to prevent accidents.
- Be aware of the occupational health hazards present in the workplace.
- Ensure that new employees receive training and a physical, if required, before beginning work. If you need assistance in making this determination, contact Emergency Management and Safety.
- Do not engage in activity which you believe could be unsafe without consulting your supervisor.
- Attend all safety training sessions as required by your supervisor.
- Follow all health and safety guidelines as directed by your supervisor.
- Employees should immediately report any injury to their supervisors.
- Employees should also report the injury by calling the current care management company as soon as possible to register the injury and activate workers compensation if applicable. The care management company is responsible for managing the care of the injured worker. If employees need the phone number of the care management company, they may contact Human Resources.
- Supervisors will complete the Report of Injury form which is available elsewhere on the EM&S website. See menu boxes at left.
- Human Resources will provide the injured employee with a packet of forms to be completed to establish a workers compensation claim. Please complete the forms and return them to Human Resources.
Health and safety training will be required and will be conducted in the following manner:
How Training will be Conducted
- Employees will receive training to meet State and Federal standards.
- Some training will be provided online through SIUE's third party vendor PureSafety.
- Emergency Management and Safety will coordinate training facilities, equipment and material needed for training that requires physical classrooms, as required.
- Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that employees under their supervision attend training sessions as required and complete online courses promptly.
- The supervisor should provide at least 24 hour notice to Emergency Management and Safety if an employee cannot attend a mandatory training session.
Confined Space Entry (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146)
A confined space entry program is designed to protect employees who must enter confined spaces.
Departments must assess whether they have any confined spaces, and if they do, must develop a written confined space entry program.
What is a confined space?
A Confined Space is an enclosed area which has the following characteristics:
- Is large enough to enable an employee to enter and perform assigned work.
- Has limited or restricted means for entry or exit.
- Is not designed for continuous employee occupancy.
- A Permit Required Confined Space is a confined space which possesses one or more of the following characteristics:
- Contains or may contain a hazardous atmosphere.
- Contains a material with the potential for engulfment.
- Has an internal configuration such that an entrant could be trapped or asphyxiated.
- Contains any other recognized serious safety or health hazard.
Confined Space Attendant (CSA) - An individual assigned to monitor activities of personnel working in confined spaces. The CSA monitors and provides external assistance to those inside the confined space. The CSA may terminate any confined space entry or summon rescue personnel in the event of an emergency.
Confined Space Authorized Entrant (CSAE) - An individual who is authorized by the employer to enter a permit required confined space.
Entry Permit - A printed document which defines the conditions under which a permit required confined space may be entered. It states the reason for entry, anticipated hazards, personnel involved and the expected duration of entry. Permits are valid for no more than 24 hours and must be kept on file for one year from the date issued.
Note: Confined space attendant and confined space entrant duties will be assigned by the supervisor.
Communication - Communication between the CSA and CSAE shall be continuously maintained through visual means, 2-way radio or other equivalent methods. The CSA shall also have available devices to contact rescue services (i.e. portable telephone or radio).
Entry Permits - An entry permit shall be obtained from the Supervisor whenever an entry into a permit required confined space is necessary. Supervisors may obtain blank entry permits by contacting Emergency Management and Safety. Supervisors shall approve confined space entry prior to the start of the operation. If the confined space is at a remote location, verbal approval shall be obtained and noted on the permit. Entry permits shall be completed correctly prior to entering the confined space. Upon completion of the operation, the entry permit shall be canceled and forwarded to the Supervisor who will be expected to retain it for a period of one year.
Equipment - Tripods, safety harnesses, personal protective equipment and gas monitors shall be used when necessary. Should you need additional information concerning confined spaces and equipment, contact Emergency Management and Safety.
Guarding - Whenever the access hole is flush with a floor or ground surface, or is in a pedestrian or vehicular passageway, the area shall be roped or barricaded while work is being done.
Hazard Evaluation - Employees trained in proper confined space entry procedures shall monitor the space for hazards prior to each entry and throughout the operation. A direct reading instrument for oxygen concentration, combustible gas and potential toxic contaminants shall be used by employees trained in proper confined space entry at the time of entry into a confined space. If any equipment malfunctions or appears to malfunction, the entry shall be closed by the immediate supervisor until the situation can be corrected.
Hazard Isolation - Actions to isolate confined space hazards shall be performed prior to entry by employees trained in confined space entry procedures. If the confined space is determined to contain a hazardous atmosphere, then forced ventilation shall be used by trained employees prior to entering a confined space. This should reduce or eliminate the hazard in the confined space. If forced ventilation cannot be used or does not prove effective, consult Emergency Management and Safety to determine the appropriate level of personal protective equipment needed to safely perform the task.
Rescue - Completed entry permits shall be available to rescue teams that are a part of the fire department, Haz-Mat team or other outside agency.This will enable the rescue teams to have ideas of the hazards associated with the confined space prior to the start of any rescue activity.
Training Requirements- All affected employees shall receive training in the identification of confined spaces and the requirements of this policy.
All CSA's and CSAE's shall receive training in confined space procedures. These procedures include training in hazard recognition, equipment use and calibration, communication, protective equipment, rescue procedures and the duties and responsibilities of all personnel involved with confined space entries.
Contractor Safety - This policy requires contractors to comply with established University Health and Safety Policies.
Contracting personnel shall observe the following guidelines:
- Contractors shall perform activities in accordance with all applicable federal, State and local health and safety regulations. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville assumes no liability for contractors. Purchasing shall include this notice in all contract items.
- No personal protective equipment shall be provided by the University to contractors.
- Contractors shall comply with all applicable University policies.
- Contracting personnel shall inform contractors that University health and safety policy information is available from Emergency Management and Safety. This includes such things as Hazard Communication, Confined Space and Lockout/Tagout policies.
- If it is determined that the Contractor is not following safety regulations or policies, the contracting personnel shall notify the Contractor to correct the situation.
- Should the safety hazard not be corrected after the contractor is notified, the contracting personnel should contact Emergency Management and Safety for assistance.
Electrical Safety (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.301- 399)
The purpose of this policy is to protect employees from electrical hazards.
- Employees working with electrical systems should observe the following guidelines:
- Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that employees who work with electrical systems are properly trained.
- Supervisors shall ensure that insulated gloves, rubber-soled shoes and protective coverings are used when necessary while repairing or installing electrical circuits.
- Supervisors shall ensure that only qualified employees work on electrical panels, alter existing wiring or install electrical wiring.
- No electrical panel, switch or wiring shall be left open without protection. Workers shall red-tag, close and seal these items when not working in the immediate vicinity.
- Extension cords shall not be used if permanent wiring is available.
Equipment - Employees working around high voltage areas need to have appropriate equipment. Insulated gloves, non-conductive hard hats and insulated tools should be used as needed. Should you need additional information concerning electrical safety and equipment, contact Emergency Management and Safety.
Energy Control - Lockout/Tagout (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.147)
Lockout or tagout procedures are designed to isolate or shut off machines and equipment from their power sources before employees perform any servicing or maintenance work.
- Employees performing maintenance or service on machines or equipment shall observe the following procedures:
- Lockout/tagout of energy isolating devices shall be performed whenever maintenance or servicing is done on machines or equipment. This shall be done by employees who have received proper training on lockout/tagout procedures from Emergency Management and Safety.
- Employees observing a machine or piece of equipment which is locked or tagged out shall not attempt to start, energize or use that machine or equipment.
- Lockout and tagout devices shall indicate the identity of the employee who attached the devices.
- Lockout and tagout devices shall be standardized within the facility.
- If an energy isolating device is not capable of being locked out, a tagout system shall be used.
- Tagout devices shall include warning statements such as "DO NOT ENERGIZE" or "DO NOT OPERATE"!
- Whenever replacement, major repair, renovation or modification of equipment is performed, energy isolating devices for such machines or equipment shall be designed to accept a lockout device.
Energy-isolating device - Any mechanical device that physically prevents the transmission or release of energy. These include, but or not limited to, manually operated electrical circuit breakers, disconnect switches, line valves and blocks.
Lockout - The placement of a lockout device on an energy-isolating device, in accordance with an established procedure, ensuring that the energy-isolating device and the equipment being controlled cannot be operated until the lockout device is removed. A lockout device is a device that uses positive means such as a lock, either key or combination type, to hold an energy isolating device in a safe position, thereby preventing the energizing of machinery or equipment.
Tagout - The placement of a tagout device on an energy-isolating device, in accordance with an established procedure, to indicate that the energy-isolating device and the equipment being controlled may not be operated until the tagout device is removed. A tagout device is a tag that can be securely fastened to an energy-isolating device. The tag indicates that the machine or equipment to which it is attached is not to be operated until the tagout device is removed.
Employees working with equipment that requires lockout and tagout functions shall be trained in the following:
- Recognition of applicable hazardous energy sources.
- Methods necessary for energy isolation and control.
- Restrictions and limitations of lockouts.
Eyewash And Shower Stations (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.151/ANSI 2358.11990)
This policy is required to ensure that eyewash and shower stations are available for workers whose faces or bodies may come into contact with hazardous material.
Employees working with or around hazards that could possibly come into contact with the face or body shall observe the following guidelines:
- Emergency flushing/irrigating equipment shall be located within 100 feet from a hazard.
- Emergency flushing/irrigating equipment shall be identified by a highly visible sign.
- A minimum 36" diameter area shall remain free of obstruction immediately below flushing/irrigating equipment.
- Flushing/Irrigating Equipment Design Criteria
- Emergency flushing/irrigation equipment valves shall be designed to allow constant water flow without requiring the use of the operator's hand. The valve shall remain open until it is intentionally closed.
- Where the possibility exists of exposing flushing/irrigating equipment to temperatures at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, units shall be designed to protect the water lines from freezing.
- Recommended unit water temperature should be within a range of 60-95 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Supervisor shall designate an employee in the area to flush/irrigate equipment. Safety showers and eyewashes shall be activated weekly to flush lines and verify proper operation. Test results and dates shall be recorded on the unit's attached inspection tag. Emergency Management and Safety will assist in designating personnel to verify proper operation as needed.
- Performance Standards
- Emergency showers shall deliver a minimum of 20 gallons per minute for 15 minutes.
- Emergency eyewash stations shall deliver a minimum of 0.4 gallons per minute for 15 minutes.
- Emergency drench hoses shall deliver a minimum of 3 gallons per minute for 15 minutes.
All employees who may be potentially exposed to splashes of hazardous substances shall be trained in the proper use of flushing/irrigating equipment.
For temporary field work, a garden hose attached to a potable water supply is an acceptable substitute for an emergency shower station.
Safety showers/eyewashes shall be no farther than 100 feet or a 10 second travel time.
Exposure Monitoring (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1001-1101, 1910.120, 1910.1000)
This program is designed to protect the employee from airborne chemical hazards.
Employee exposure monitoring using personal sampling methods (i.e. sampling pump with appropriate media, passive dosimeters) shall be coordinated by Emergency Management and Safety if there is an indication that there are continuous airborne concentrations exceeding the limits established by OSHA. Supervisors should contact Emergency Management and Safety if they believe there are airborne chemical hazards in the workplace.
Fall Protection (OSHA 29 CFR 1926.500-03)
The fall protection program is designed to protect employees from fall hazards encountered on the job.
General Requirements for Fall Protection Systems:
Fall protection systems consist of guardrail systems, safety nets and toeboards. A brief description of these systems and restrictions for their use is as follows:
- Guardrail system - A protective barrier that will prevent employees from falling to lower levels.
- Guardrail surfaces shall not create puncture or laceration hazards.
- Guardrails shall extend around entire entrance holes, ditches or open pits when required.
- Guarding shall not create a physical hazard.
- Employees working on-site shall inspect the guardrails before and after work is performed to ensure that they are stable. If a guardrail system is defective, it should be repaired and removed immediately from the job site.
- Safety net system - A net barrier erected to prevent employees from falling to lower levels.
- Safety net systems shall be installed as close to the underside of the working surface as possible.
- Nets shall not be lower than 30 feet below the surface of a working area.
- Nets shall be inspected by employee(s) before working on-site: Never use nets which are frayed, torn, dry rotted or which have holes. Defective nets must be removed immediately from the job site and replaced.
- Toeboard - Low protective barrier that will prevent the fall of materials and equipment to lower levels and will also provide fall protection for personnel.
- Toeboards shall be erected along the edge of the walking/working surface.
- Boards shall be able to withstand a force of at least 50 pounds.
- Toeboards shall prevent debris or equipment from falling to lower levels.
General Requirements To Eliminate Fall Hazards:
Fall Protection systems shall be used as follows to prevent fall hazards:
- Fixed ladders shall be permanently attached to a structure, building or equipment.
- Fixed ladders shall be equipped with cages or ladder safety devices if higher than 20 feet (i.e. friction brakes or sliding attachments).
- Cages shall extend at least 42 inches above the top of a building.
- Single ladders greater than 30 feet shall not be used.
- Extension ladders greater than 60 feet shall not be used.
- Ladders used to gain access to a roof shall extend at least 3 feet beyond the point of support.
- Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that employees follow safety guidelines while working on roofs.
- Employees working on roofs shall be protected from falling by a guardrail system, safety net or safety harness if the work site is higher than 16 feet from ground level.
- Materials and equipment shall not be stored within 6 feet of the roof edge unless guardrails are erected at the edge.
- Materials which are piled, grouped or stacked near a roof edge shall be stable and self-supporting.
- If fall protection is not feasible, then an employee shall be designated by the supervisor to monitor work activity.
- If a 3 foot parapet exists, fall protection is not necessary.
- Scaffolding must have sound anchorage and footing.
- Scaffolding shall be capable of supporting at least four times the maximum intended load.
- When greater than four feet or higher, scaffolding must be equipped with guardrails on all open sides and on ends.
- Walking and Working Surfaces
- Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that fall hazards are removed from walking and working surfaces.
- All places of employment, passageways, storerooms and service rooms shall be kept in an orderly and sanitary condition to prevent falls.
- Covers and guardrails shall be provided to protect personnel from hazards of open pits, tanks, vats or ditches.
- Overhead protection shall be erected (i.e. canopy or barricade) below any overhead walking/working surface.
- Employees shall be protected from falling into holes or excavations deeper than 4 feet by a guardrail system or hole cover.
All affected employees shall receive training in fall protection to ensure they understand the requirements of this policy. Should you need additional information concerning fall protection, contact Emergency Management and Safety.
Forklift And Pallet Lift Safety (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178)
This policy is intended to protect employees from accidents related to improper forklift and pallet lift usage.
General Safety Rules
Employees using forklifts or pallet lifts shall observe the following guidelines:
- Wear seat belts properly.
- Check capacity limits on powered trucks and keep transferred loads within them.
- Travel forward uphill and reverse downhill when working on grades with a loaded truck.
- DO NOT JUMP if your truck starts to tip over. The roll cage is designed to protect you. Should you jump, you may be crushed by the vehicle.
- Never carry loose or uneven material.
- Never travel with load lifted high.
- Keep the load against the carriage.
- Observe and remain clear of the edges of loading docks at all times.
- Check dock plates, boards and ramps before using them.
- Lower the carriage completely when the truck is parked.
Handling And Sampling Of Infectious Waste (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1030)
The purpose of this policy is to keep employees from being infected due to improper handling and sampling of infectious waste. Certain departments at the University require more extensive procedures. In general, more extensive procedures are required only in high risk emergency response type units (i.e. Health Service, University Police or researchers). If you work in these areas, consult the bloodborne exposure control plan for further information. Should you need additional information on regulations concerning bloodborne pathogens, contact Emergency Management and Safety.
Employees who may come into contact with infectious waste shall observe the following:
- All procedures and manipulations of potentially infectious materials shall be performed in a manner that minimizes the potential for creating splashes, droplets or aerosols.
- Mechanical pipetting devices shall be used for manipulating all samples. Mouth pipetting is prohibited.
- The use of glassware or equipment with sharp or pointed edges shall be kept at a minimum to reduce the potential for injection of infectious materials.
- All sharps (used needles, broken glassware) shall be properly disposed of into sharps containers.
- All minor cuts, scratches or other breaks in the skin barrier shall be covered prior to handling infectious materials. Employees experiencing lesions or dermatitis shall refrain from direct contact with infectious materials.
- Eating, drinking, smoking or the application of cosmetics are not permitted in areas where potentially infectious materials are handled or sampled.
- Employees shall wash and disinfect their hands, face, or other potentially contaminated skin surfaces upon completing the handling of infectious or potentially infectious agents.
Personal Protective Equipment for Infectious Waste Handling
Personal protective equipment shall be worn to reduce the potential of exposure to splashes or aerosols. At a minimum, this equipment shall include safety glasses and gloves, but may also require the use of a respirator or other personal protective apparel.
- Supervisors are responsible for designating employee(s) to disinfect contaminated or potentially contaminated equipment.
- All contaminated equipment or potentially contaminated equipment shall be sanitized prior to removal from the work area with a bleach solution or sanitizer.
- Lab benches, floors or other work surfaces that come into contact with potentially infectious agents shall be disinfected with a bleach solution or germicide.
- Upon completion of work activities, all disposable personal protective equipment that comes into direct contact with potentially infectious agents shall be sanitized with a bleach solution or a sanitizer by the employee. For information on how to appropriately disinfect and dispose, contact Emergency Management and Safety.
- All samples of infectious agents shall be placed in containers with secure lids to prevent leakage during transportation.
- Samples of potentially infectious materials shall not be stored in cabinets or refrigerators designated for food consumption. For information on how to proper store infectious waste, contact Emergency Management and Safety.
SIUE Hearing Conservation Program (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.95)
In order to protect the hearing of SIUE employees, the hearing conservation program has been established in accordance with Illinois Department of Labor requirements. This program is administered by the Emergency Management & Safety (EM&S) department in cooperation with the Offices of Human Resources.
- Noise surveys will be conducted by Emergency Management & Safety to determine employee noise exposure levels. Noise measurements will be conducted using a noise dosimeter. EM&S will use these surveys to determine which employees are to be included in the audiometric testing program. This information will be shared with the Offices of Human Resources for documentation purposes.
- Audiometric testing will be provided for all employees with potential noise exposures of 85 dB or greater.
- A licensed or certified audiologist, an otolaryngologist, or a physician will be responsible for the audiometric testing program.
- The audiometric testing will be conducted when employees included in the program are hired and annually thereafter.
- Hearing protection as specified by Emergency Management & Safety must be available to all workers exposed to 8-hour TWA noise levels of 85 dB or above. The protector must reduce employees exposure to at least 90 dB and to 85 dB when a Standard Threshold Shift (STS) has occurred. STS is an average shift in either ear of 10 dB or more at 2,000, 3,000 and 4,000 hertz. Employees must be notified within 21 days from the time the determination is made that their audiometric test results showed a STS. If the suspected medical problem is not thought to be related to wearing hearing protection, employees must be informed that they should consult a physician.
- Use of radio headphones while conducting work where noise exposures are 85 dB or above are not permitted. Supervisors will be responsible for enforcing this requirement. Supervisors must also ensure that their employees are wearing hearing protection if the employees are included in the hearing conservation program.
- Employees exposed to TWA’s of 85 dB and above will be trained annually by EM&S in the effects of noise; the purpose, advantages, and disadvantages of various types of hearing protectors; the selection, fit and care of protectors; and the purpose and procedures of audiometric testing. Noise exposure measurement records must be kept for 2 years. Records of audiometric test results must be maintained for the duration of employment of the affected employee. Audiometric test records must include the name and job classification of the employee, the date, the examiner’s name, the date of the last acoustic or exhaustive calibration, measurements of the background sound pressure levels in audiometric test rooms, and the employee’s most recent noise exposure measurement.
Machine Guarding (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.212 - 213)
This policy is designed to protect employees from injury resulting from unguarded machinery.
Employees working with machinery or equipment requiring guarding shall observe the following guidelines:
- Guards shall be affixed to machines in a manner that meets OSHA standards.
- The guarding shall be designed and constructed to prevent the operator from having any part of his or her body in a danger zone during the operating cycle.
- Equipment guards shall not be removed.
- Machines designed for a fixed location shall be securely anchored to prevent "walking" or moving.
- A mechanical or electrical power control shall be provided on each machine to make it possible for the operator to cut off the power from each machine without leaving his or her position at the point of operation.
- On applications where injury to the operator might result if motors were to restart after power failures, provision shall be made to prevent machines from automatically restarting upon restoration of power.
Personal Protection (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.132 - 137)
Employees working in an area where possible injury could occur to the eyes, face, feet, hands, head, hearing or respiratory tract shall observe the following:
Eye and Face Protection (29 CFR 1910.133)
- Suitable eye protection must be worn where machines or operations present possible dangers from flying objects, liquids, dust or a combination of these hazards.
- Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that eye/face protection is worn during work assignments.
- For assistance in selecting the proper eye/face protection, contact Emergency Management and Safety.
Types of Eye/Face Protection
At a minimum, eye protection shall consist of plastic safety glasses with full size side shields or prescription safety glasses.
Safety glasses shall be worn when working in:
- Chemical handling operations.
- Mechanical/Maintenance operations.
- Laboratory areas (Please consult chemical hygiene plan for each laboratory for further details).
Suitable splash goggles shall be worn for operations or areas in which significant splash hazards exist. These include working with:
- Large quantities of hazardous liquids.
- Liquids under pressure or vacuum.
- Highly corrosive or reactive chemicals.
- Suitable face shields shall be worn for operations or areas in which significant explosion or implosion hazards exist. Whenever face shields are used, safety glasses shall be worn under the shields.
Supervisors are responsible for properly posting areas that require eye protection.
Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that employees using eye protection inspect lenses daily. Pitted or scratched lenses may reduce vision and/or permanently reduce the protection of both plastic and glass lenses. Damaged lenses therefore, shall be replaced immediately.
Departments shall supply visitors in their area with eye/face protection. Visitors shall wear eye/face protection in all posted areas.
Foot Protection (29 CFR 1910.136)
- Safety shoes shall be worn in all areas where the potential exists for foot damage from compression and/or impact from heavy objects.
- Protective footwear shall be worn to prevent the spread of contamination of chemical hazards or bloodborne pathogens.
- Protective footwear shall be worn to reduce foot contact with liquids or solids which may be hazardous to workers.
- Special footwear (non-conductive, chemical resistant and thermal) may be required based upon work conditions.
- Safety shoes must have an official tag/label indicating ANSI rating for the hazards they are intended to protect employees from.
For assistance in selecting the proper foot protection, contact Emergency Management and Safety.
Hand Protection (29 CFR 1910.132)
Appropriate hand protection (i.e. gloves) shall be used in operations involving knives, glass, cutting tools, electrical hazards, temperature extremes, rough and abrasive surfaces, corrosive, caustic or toxic materials. Should you need any assistance, please contactEmergency Management and Safety for recommendations on glove selection.
Head Protection (29 CFR 1910.135)
- Head protection shall be worn in all areas where there is a potential for injuries from falling objects, exposed electrical conductors which could contact the head or low head height areas.
- Head protection shall be worn in all posted areas and for all environmental field work where there is potential for head injury.
- Head protection will be properly maintained and replaced as needed.
For assistance in selecting proper head protection, contact Emergency Management and Safety.
Hearing Protection (29 CFR 1910.95)
For information regarding Hearing Protective Equipment, see SIUE Hearing Conservation Program
Personal Protective Equipment ( 29 CFR 1910.132)
- Appropriate protective equipment must be selected by the Supervisor and properly fitted for each affected employee. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS's) provide information on hazardous chemicals in the workplace. MSDS's include information on whether the use of a respirator or other protective equipment is required. Should you have any questions regarding selection of proper equipment, contact Emergency Management and Safety.
- Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that employees have the proper personal protective equipment.
- Employees required to use personal protective equipment must be trained in equipment use.
- Individual departments at the University will furnish personal protective equipment for their employees.
Training shall be given to ensure the proper use of personal protective equipment.
Protective Apparel (29 CFR 1910.132)
- Skirts or shorts shall not be worn in areas where there is potential for contact/splash of chemicals on lower body extremities.
- Protective apparel (gloves, safety glasses, lab coat) shall be worn in all laboratory environments where an employee has the potential of coming into contact with hazardous chemicals or infectious waste. Additional protection may be obtained from the use of disposable aprons and appropriate gloves.
- Selection of protective apparel should be made with consideration to the type of coverage (i.e. lab coat versus a jump suit) as well as resistance to flame and chemicals.
- If non-disposable protective apparel (labcoat) is to be worn, frequent laundering shall be performed on-site or by an appropriate commercial laundry. If commercial laundries are used, they shall be provided with an MSDS explaining the harmful effects of exposures to hazardous substances with which the clothing may have been contaminated. Contact Emergency Management and Safety should you need assistance in locating an appropriate commercial laundry.
For assistance in selecting the proper protective apparel, contact Emergency Management and Safety.
Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134)
- Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that proper respirators are used only when effective controls are not feasible, (i.e., enclosing contaminated area, forced ventilation or substitution of less toxic materials).
- Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that employees pass respiratory medical evaluations prior to assigning tasks requiring the use of a respirator.
- Supervisors are responsible for selecting appropriate respiratory protection.
- Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that users inspect and clean all respirators routinely after each use. The employee shall inspect respirators at least monthly to assure that they are cleaned, disinfected and in proper working order.
- Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that respirators are properly stored to protect against dust, sunlight, heat, extreme cold, excessive moisture or damaging chemicals.
- Emergency Management and Safety EXPECTS to receive, and will accept and maintain physicals, respiratory fit testing and training records, for all employees required to wear respirators.
Should you need additional information concerning respiratory protection, contact Emergency Management and Safety.