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The risk of exposure is a regular term used in laboratories and facilities. While there are always administrative and engineering controls in place to protect you, and your coworkers, there can be situations where these events may still fail. Usually, the culprit is an unsafe act which results in a chain reaction of events leading to the potential of exposure to a chemical agent. These events are typically the day-to-day workplace tasks you complete each day. However, there is a last line of defense: personal protective equipment. This is the proper attire you need to wear to protect yourself and is critical to working safely.
Personal Protective Equipment is only effective if it is worn, fit tested properly and is designed to protect you from the hazards faced in your environment. The first step before any PPE is used is to do a hazard assessment of your workplace and understand the types of chemicals and possible exposures you may experience.
Eye & Face Protection
One of the most significant aspects with any eye and face protection is to properly fit test to your face and make the adjustments prior to the workplace task being completed. There are many types of eye and face protection, with four types requiring ANSI standard Z87.1 compliance.
Respirators are required in any situation where there is a potential exposure to an airborne contaminant that exceeds the occupational exposure limits or hazard assessment designates one is required to work safely. There are many types and each should be considered properly before implementing in your workplace.