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Personal Protective Equipment Standards in the USA

Graham Marshall - Sunday, July 24, 2011
Whenever it is impractical to reduce a hazards potential to cause harm to the ALARP level using elimination, substitution, engineering or administrative control measures, employers must ensure that appropriate PPE is provided and used by the workforce.

The United States OSHA requirements for PPE are established in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

In the USA, the following American National Standards Institute (ANSI) PPE standards apply to all oil-field work:

  • ANSI Z89.1 or ANSI Z89.2 for industrial head protection and head protection of electrical workers respectively;
  • ANSI Z87.1 for eye and face protection;
  • ANSI Z41.1 for safety footwear;
  • ANSI Z88.2-1992 for respiratory protection;
  • ANSI Z359.1 for personal fall arrest systems (PFAS);
  • ANSI Z358.1 for emergency eyewash and shower equipment;
  • ANSI Z117.1-1995 - for safety requirements in confined spaces;
  • There is no ANSI standard established for hand protection (gloves); and
  • Fire Retardant Clothing (FRC) must meet the performance requirements set out in NFPA 70E (2009) in occupations covered by the OSHA fine rule 1910.269.

OSHA's information booklet on PPE requirements in the USA is available by clicking here.

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