PPE Selection and Use

HASP - PPE Selection and Use

PPE Selection and Use

  1. All decisions on which protective level is most appropriate will be made by the Incident Safety Officer. The level of protection selected will be based on:
    1. The type and (if measurable) concentration of the agent of concern. This can be chemical, biological or physical agents.
    2. Potential for exposure to substances in the air, liquid splashes, or other direct contact with various agents.
  2. PPE selected for a task or activity should be based on the existing JHA, if determined appropriate by the Incident Safety Officer.
    1. The Incident Safety Officer must use the guidance provided in Section D, Hazard Assessments and Analyses and Figure D-1 of this HASP as a guide to selecting PPE for tasks and activities.
    2. The Incident Safety Officer may also use the guidance provided in Appendix I-2 in selecting the appropriate PPE for tasks and activities.   
  3. Upgrading and downgrading of PPE
    1. Deployment situations can be very dynamic.
    2. If monitoring data or other observations identify a change in workplace conditions or any situation arises that questions the effectiveness of current PPE levels, the Incident Safety Officer will:
      • clear the area of concern;
      • evaluate the situation; and,
      • make recommendations for modifying the PPE ensembles required for specific tasks or activities, as necessary.
    3. The Incident Safety Officer will also determine when PPE levels and equipment can be downgraded due to safer conditions.
  4. Obtaining and Disposing of PPE
    1. APHIS employees will be provided all PPE needed for deployment tasks by their immediate supervisor or the supervisor will notify the employee where to obtain the PPE.
    2. As part of the training on the use of the PPE provided, the Supervisor or the Incident Safety Officer will inform the employee of how to dispose of used PPE and how to obtain replacements.
  5. PPE-specific Training
    1. All employees, as part of their initial training, will be trained on:
      • how to obtain the PPE necessary for the tasks or activities they are assigned;
      • proper inspection of PPE they are assigned.;
      • proper donning, doffing and use of the PPE they are assigned;
      • storage of the PPE they are assigned; and,
      • procedures for proper disposal of used, potentially contaminated or damaged PPE.


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