Importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Last year OSHA approved a Local Emphasis Program (LEP) for Wisconsin allowing for OSHA inspections on farms that have employed more than 10 non-family employees OR have had an active temporary labor camp in the last 12 months.
OSHA requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce employee exposure to hazards when engineering and administrative controls are not feasible or effective in reducing these exposures to acceptable levels. Employers are required to determine if PPE should be used to protect their workers.
If PPE is to be used, a PPE program should be implemented. This program should address the hazards present; the selection, maintenance, and use of PPE; the training of employees; and monitoring of the program to ensure its ongoing effectiveness.
To help promote farm safety and help farms reach OSHA standards. ANIMART is now providing a wide variety of PPE products. These products include eye/face protection, respiratory protection, and body/hand protection. All products are available for individual sale or in a convenient kit.
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