Are you and your employees safe at work? Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is critical for a wide range of jobs across different industries. It includes everything from harnesses to headlamps and vertex helmets. What many companies don’t realize about PPE is that it should be inspected in detail once a year (or after any exceptional event, such as a fall). Along with ensuring compliance, this can help keep workers safe.
OSHA Regulations and the Importance of PPETo prevent worker deaths and lost-workday injuries each year, OSHA updated the General Industry CFR 1910 regulations for Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems. The update better protects workers from falls at height and on working surfaces, such as ladders, ramps, scaffolds and stairs. It also offers more flexibility to employers choosing fall-protection systems. Ultimately, these efforts could result in a savings of more than $600 million, as well as impact many lives. The deadline for these rules to be implemented is November 19, 2018 – and companies must be compliant by that date. OSHA requires that employers identify and provide appropriate PPE for employees, meeting the standards developed by the American National Standards Institute, based on occupational hazards. Along with training workers in the use and care of their PPE, employers need to maintain them properly and replace worn or damaged equipment. Along with routine checks before each use, a PPE should undergo an in-depth inspection each year to ensure it’s in compliance and functioning correctly. The PPE inspection procedures vary based on specific equipment. When examining a helmet or harness, adhere to the following instructions: PPE Inspection: Helmets
- Review known product history: Has a fall occurred with this product? Where has it been stored
- Make preliminary observations. Check details such as the product lifetime date and serial number.
- Check all product components: the liner, cradle, headband, adjustment system, chin strap, comfort foams and headlamp clips.
- Check any accessories on the helmet, such as a face shield or headlamp.
- Review known product history: What has the harness been used for, and what events have occurred with it? Any falls?
- Observe the product lifetime date, serial numbers and other basic details.
- Check the condition of the straps, attachment points, adjustment buckles and comfort parts.
- If applicable, examine the chest/seat harness connector and CROLL rope clamp.