We are providing this tool for free because of extreme importance of personal protective equipment in guarding workers against injury or death.
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Brentwood, TN (PRWEB) November 5, 2010
Industrial companies now have a free tool at their disposal to conduct the OSHA-mandated assessment of their workplaces for hazards that would require the use of personal protective equipment.
FDRsafety, one of the nation’s largest occupational safety companies, is providing a free checklist to assess the need for personal protective equipment, known as PPE.
The checklist also includes a form to make the OSHA-required certification that the assessment has been performed. The assessment is required for general industry companies, which are defined as industrial companies not included in agriculture, construction or maritime. The checklist is the same tool that FDRsafety uses during its professional hazard assessments.
Personal protective equipment, which can range from safety glasses to gloves to special kinds of protective clothing, is vital to protecting the safety of workers. Having the right personal protective equipment available for employees is only half the battle for employers, however.
“The real trick is making sure that it is actually used,” Rine said.
Workers sometimes fail to put it on because of time or discomfort issues. To deal with this problem, employers may want to investigate safety awareness training. This training addresses the “why” of using PPE rather than the how. It motivates workers to want to use personal protective equipment.
“Workers are much more willing to use PPE when they realize that doing so will help them return home safely to friends and family,” Rine said.
The free PPE hazard assessment checklist is available at http://www.fdrsafety.com/free-tool-to-conduct-osha-required-ppe-assessment/
Companies with questions about PPE may contact FDRsafety’s Information Center.
FDRsafety is one of the nation’s largest occupational safety consulting firms, and provides safety awareness training, temporary safety staffing, expert witness services, OSHA compliance services and industrial hygiene. To contact FDR safety: info(at)fdrsafety(dot)com or 1-888-755-8010.
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