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I provide PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as gloves and safety glasses for my employees to use if they want to. Am I doing enough to satisfy OSHA?

No. OSHA requires that you as an employer or supervisor do a written assessment of your work area to determine if hazards are present or are likely to be present which would necessitate the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). If, through a thorough assessment, you determine that PPE is necessary, the use of that equipment must be enforced! In other words, it is not up to the individual employee to decide if or when they are going to use PPE, rather it is the situation and written procedures (based on your written hazard assessment) that determine when it is used. You must also have a complete written program and training as well as annually review the program to ensure its effectiveness and accuracy.

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