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(Formerly MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets)

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  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
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July Safety Topic: Wearing Protective Equipment (PPE)

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With warmer weather upon us, it may be tempting to not wear protective equipment. However, potential hazards exist regardless of the temperature.

Ear protection

Earplugs/earmuffs can protect you from hearing loss.  Exposure to 100 decibels for 15 minutes or longer without protection can result in hearing loss.

  • Decibel levels of common sounds:
    • Chainsaw: 110
    • Amplified music:  110
    • Lawnmower:  90
    • Normal conversation:  60

Eye protection

  • Protect your eyes from all types of hazards including:
    • Flying debris
    • Extreme heat
    • Sunlight
    • Chemical exposure

Hand protection

Make sure you are wearing the proper gloves for the task.  Gloves designed for specific activities may not provide adequate protection for all activities.

The rest of your body

Don’t forget to protect your head, feet and lungs from hazards as well.

Reference: www.osha.gov
For more information on heat-related illnesses, visit https://medlineplus.gov/heatillness.html

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