TOOLBOX TALK 32/60
TOPIC: PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
OBJECTIVE: TO ENSURE SAFE USE OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

DO:

  • Wear safety glasses, goggles or face shields when conducting operations that produce flying objects such as operating grinders, sanders, chainsaws, etc.
  • Wear chemical goggles when using or handling chemicals from containers labeled “CAUSTIC”, “CORROSIVE” or “WEAR EYE PROTECTION”.
  • Wear a welding helmet or welding goggles during welding operations.
  • Wear dielectric gloves when working on electric current.
  • Wear ear plugs or earmuffs in areas posted “Hearing Protection Required” or in noisy areas.
  • Know your PPE requirements for the specific operation you are conducting.
  • Make sure you are wearing the correct sized PPE.
  • Wash your PPE as per label instructions.
  • Discard PPE that has been contaminated with hazardous substances in the same way as you would discard the hazardous substance.
  • Always tie your shoelaces securely.
  • Keep your boots polished. It prolongs its life and aids in water proofing.
  • All new employees need to do the basic awareness training for PPE.
  • Remember that failure to wear the correct PPE can result in disciplinary action.
  • Report damaged PPE to your supervisor immediately.
  • Conduct daily PPE inspections.
  • Remember that your PPE remains the property of the company.

DON’T:

  • ALTER YOUR PPE IN ANYWAY.
  • Paint or drill holes in your hard hats.
  • Wear hard hats that are dented or cracked.
  • Continue to work if your safety glasses become fogged. Stop work and clean the glasses until the lenses are clear and defogged.
  • Use damaged PPE – report it to the supervisor and request replacement PPE.
  • Attempt any operation if you do not know that operations PPE requirements.
  • Use your PPE for any other purpose other than at your workplace.

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