Personal Protective Equipment
The most effective hazard control strategies are Engineering controls and Administrative (i.e.- work practice) controls. For example, building a barrier between the hazard and the employees is an engineering control; changing the way in which employees perform their work is an administrative control. When engineering and administrative controls are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, Cal/OSHA CCR Title 8 section 3380 requires that employers must provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to their employees and ensure its use.
The purpose of the SDSU Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Program is to ensure that SDSU employees are aware of the following:
- Knowing the basics of the job hazard assessment process for determining when PPE use is needed;
- Understanding the different types of PPE available;
- Acknowledging the need for completing training in the proper use and care of PPE; and
- Understanding that certain PPE (e.g.- respiratory protection) may require additional evaluation such as a medical clearance prior to use.