Unit Iii

PPE is one of the most important elements when dealing with HAZMAT. Whether it’s gloves and an apron for dealing with chemicals, a respirator for painting, or an SCBA for a fire. This is what we deal with every day in the United States Navy. It’s a way of life. This section was a little easy for me because we get HAZMAT qualifications, PPE qualifications, and go through rigorous firefighter training all the time in my job.
With death, disease and injury present in many work environments, personal safety equipment is a necessity for workers. These items help stop falls,   block fumes and prevent exposure to hazardous materials. One-third of fatalities in construction work are due to falls. Protective equipment such as harnesses and "fall arrest systems" can help prevent death or serious injury from occurring. These systems are essential on steep roofs or other places with a vertical drop-off.

There are many hazards that can injure the face or eyes, such as chemical splashes, intense light and flying debris. Personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, face shields and goggles prevent injury from occurring. This is important in work that includes welding, woodworking or grinding, for example.
When a worker may be exposed to toxic fumes or particles in an environment, respirators may be required. These are essential to prevent disease and related problems. For example, those that work with asbestos cleanup wear respirators to stop the small particles from entering their lungs, which can lead to mesothelioma, a form of cancer.

Employees in the scientific and medical industry are among those who can be exposed to bodily fluids, dangerous chemicals and other materials. Face shields, gowns, gloves and masks are among the gear that keep disease, chemical spills and blood-borne pathogens from coming into contact with workers.
Identifying hazards and wearing the proper level of personal protective equipment is essential to worker safety. It can also reduce...