Designing your Personal Protective Equipment program.
In my last post, I discussed the importance of having PPE in your workplace, as well as when you want to implement its use. In this post, I want to discuss what is required to design your own PPE program.
First, you should understand why you are going through this effort and what you will be achieving… With the design and implementation of a PPE program, you are going to be accomplishing the following:
- Protecting yourself and workers
- Streamlining your production or service offering
- Complying with regulations, laws, and internal policies
To achieve the above, a few strategies are available to you.
- Engineering controls
- Changes to the process
- Changes to the equipment used
- Changes to the work process
- Substitution of materials used
- Administrative controls
- Personal Protective Equipment Usage
To build a solid strategy, you must consider the hazards and evaluate all your controls. Once you know what you’re working with, integration of various approaches will lead to a PPE program that is comprehensive.
A good PPE program must include these essential elements:
- Survey of the workplace
- Selection of appropriate controls
- Selection of appropriate PPE
- Staff training
- Management buy-in & support
- Regular maintenance
- Regular program audits
Another key element to an effective PPE program is the full buy-in of both management and staff.
- The management team must be committed to ensuring there are effective policies, and that they are adhered to.
- The staff must understand how important and critical their safety is to the continued growth and operations of your business.
After getting full buy-in from management & staff, a dedicated program coordinator should also be appointed to ensure the long-term success of the PPE program.