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Foreword
Emergency Numbers
Table of Contents
Introduction
1. EH&S Policy
2. Occupational Injury
3. Public Safety
4. Emergencies
5.  Injury/Illness
6. Asbestos
7. Hazardous Waste
8. Bio Waste
9. Rad Waste
10. Recycling
11. HazCom & DHS
12. Office Safety
13. Lab Safety
14 Shop Safety
15 Personal Protection
16. Hazard Evaluation
17. Safe Lifting
18. Safety Policies
19. Warning Signs
20. Safety Services
21. Non-lab Training
22. Research Training
23. Training classes
Location Map

15. PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Faculty, staff, and students may be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while performing their jobs or in certain environments (e.g. chemical, biology, ag., art, theater and engineering departments, also facility, ag., & engineering shops). Your supervisor will inform you of and provide the specific PPE you must wear (guide). The following are only general guidelines. If you are required to wear PPE not mentioned here or have other questions, contact your supervisor or EH&S for additional information. More information is available on the safety web site (www.nmsu.edu/~safety).

Eye and Face Protection

Chemical hazards - Safety glasses are the minimum protection for all operations involving chemicals. If a risk of splash to the eyes and face exists when using or dispensing hazardous liquids, non-vented chemical goggles or safety glasses with side shields and full-face shield offer the best protection.

Physical hazards - High-pressure cleaning or spray equipment requires that safety glasses with side shields and full-face shields be worn. Work activities producing chips or dust (e.g. grinding/drilling, power fastening, or power tools) require safety glasses with side shields as the minimum protection level. In some cases full face shields are required.

Welding - Welding operations require full welding hoods with the appropriate tinted vision screen. Safety glasses with side shields must be used with or without the hood. Acetylene-oxygen torch soldering, brazing, or cutting, requires appropriately tinted safety glasses with side shields or tinted goggles.

Lasers - Appropriate safety eyewear is a must when using lasers or when in areas with a working laser. Different lasers require different types and shades of eye protection. Lasers are to be registered with EH&S and users must be trained (eyesafety guide)

Hand/Arm and Body Protection

Gloves resistant to the chemical(s) in use, a protective smock, lab coat, or coveralls, and at times a splash apron are the correct PPE for handling hazardous chemicals. Specialized gloves and arm sleeve covers are recommended when working with cryogenic or electrical hazards. To reduce cut or abrasion injuries, use puncture or abrasion resistant gloves, arm sleeve covers, and at times an apron.

Head and Foot Protection

A hard hat or other head protection and foot protection may be required for certain jobs or work areas (e.g. construction zones).  Foot protection is required when the potential for foot injury is present from rolling, falling, piercing or electrical hazard.  All hard hats or safety shoes must meet the requirements for protection outlined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Hearing Protection

Certain work areas and job tasks are designated as requiring hearing protection.  You are required to wear approved protective equipment; this does not include personal stereos with headphones.  Certain work areas or tasks may be designated as requiring additional protective measures.  Supervisors are responsible for identifying these areas and for generally providing training on the use of hearing protection equipment.  If you have questions about high noise levels in your work area, you should ask your supervisor or contact the Environmental Health and Safety for more information.

Respiratory Protection

Some employees are required to wear respirators. Respirators include dust masks, air-purifying negative-pressure respirators, self-contained breathing apparatus, supplied-air respirators, and other such devices. If you must wear a respirators, you must have a medical evaluation, be "fit tested" and trained by EH&S before using it. Annual training is required. NMSU has a written Respiratory Protection Program.
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