As of July 1, 2014 Cal/OSHA faces a new safety
regulation regarding providing gloves or other
protection to protect the hands of employees.
Previously, California safety regulations required:
Hand protection shall be required for employees whose work involves unusual and excessive exposure of hands to cuts, burns, harmful physical or chemical agents or radioactive materials which are encountered and capable of causing injury or impairments.
Under the new rules effective July 1, the terms "unusual and excessive" are dropped from the rule, making the requirement apply to many more work conditions. The new regulation states:
CALIFORNIA OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH STANDARDS BOARD TITLE 8, DIVISION 1, CHAPTER 4,
§3384 Hand Protection
- Employers shall select, provide and require employees to use appropriate hand protection when employee's hands are exposed to hazards such as those from skin absorption of harmful substances, cuts or lacerations, abrasions, punctures, chemical burns, thermal burns, radioactive materials, and harmful temperature extremes.
- EXCEPTION: Hand protection for cuts, lacerations,
and abrasions shall not be required when the Employer's personal protective equipment hazard assessment, required by Section 3380(f) of this
Article, determines that the risk of such injury
to the employee's hands is infrequent and superficial.
- Hand protection, such as gloves, shall not be worn where there is a danger of the hand protection becoming entangled in moving machinery or materials.
Employers: Take note of the specific reference to conducting a personal protective equipment hazard assessment.
Cal/OSHA regulation § 3380 (f) requires employers to assess the workplace to determine if hazards are present or likely to be present. (This is also a requirement of every employer's written safety plan or Illness & Injury Prevention Plan - if it is in compliance with Cal/OSHA rules).
This PPE assessment must be certified in writing and any personal protective equipment identified as being required must be provided to employees and employees must be trained in the use of the PPE. Records of training on PPE must also be kept, both in compliance with § 3380 and the company's IIPP.
If you would like help with your company's PPE Assessment, contact Don Dressler Consulting - we help our clients
perform PPE assessments, and develop PPE Training .
For a personal discussion: Call Don Dressler @ 949-533-3742