• Customer Questions: Abuse of PPE Privileges
  • Karen

    Karen D. Hamel CSP, CET, WACH, is a regulatory compliance professional, trainer and technical writer. She has more than 25 years of experience helping EHS professionals find solutions to meet EPA, OSHA and DOT regulations and has had more than 200 articles published on a variety of EHS topics. Karen is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Environmental health and Safety Trainer (CET), Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder (WACH), OSHA-Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainer and hazmat technician. She serves on the Blair County, PA LEPC. Her specialties include a wide variety of environmental, safety, emergency response, risk management, DOT and NIMS topics. She conducts trainings and seminars at national conferences and webinars for several national organizations. For regulation or product information, we can be reached at 1-800-HOT-HOGS (468-4647) or by email at xtechnical@newpig.com.

  • Csays:
    08/14/2018 at 3:13 am Reply

    What if your employer is limiting your ppe (such like gloves) to five pair a month when you go through one pair a day? We have to hunt down a supervisor that acts bothered that we need another pair of gloves. We work with sawblades, gloves get tattered daily.

    • Karensays:
      08/22/2018 at 12:59 pm Reply

      Hi there, C.

      If the gloves are being worn out through work activities and are not being deliberately damaged, OSHA requires the employer to replace them [29 CFR 1910.132(h)(5).] If that means that you need a new pair every day, then a new pair needs to be provided daily.

      In 29 CFR 1910.132(a), OSHA states that protective equipment must be provided … and maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition.” The regulation goes further to say that “defective or damaged personal protective equipment shall not be used” (29 CFR 1910.132(d)(2).]

      It may be worthwhile to ask your safety manager or supervisor to reevaluate the type of glove that is being worn. Employers are required to perform a hazard evaluation [29 CFR 1910.132(d)] and base the selection of any hand protection (glove) on its performance characteristics “relative to the task(s) to be performed, conditions present, duration of use, and the hazards and potential hazards identified” [29 CFR 1910.138(b).]

      If your gloves are wearing out daily, they may not be well-suited for your job tasks and working conditions. There is a chance that your employer has evaluated many different gloves and the glove that you are wearing is the best glove for the job. But cut-resistant glove technology has come a long way in the past five years, so there might be more options now than when your employer did the hazard assessment and chose the glove that you are currently using.

      The initial cost of a cut-resistant glove may be higher than the cost of the gloves that you are currently wearing, but if that glove lasts several weeks or months, it could actually be less expensive than replacing gloves daily. Even if it isn’t, the cost of a glove that provides adequate protection will still be less than the cost of an employee injury.

      Thank you for your question.

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