July 30, 2017
What are the primary considerations decision-makers should keep in mind when evaluating and purchasing your category of PPE-related products/services?
The selection of personal protective equipment (PPE) should begin with hazard assessment. Once you identify and measure the hazards, you can determine the appropriate controls, including the PPE most appropriate to protect your employees, achieve compliance and be comfortable for the employee. You may also look for products, e.g., N95 particulate respirators, that have been NIOSH approved, as well as FDA cleared as surgical masks for use in the operating room environment. Comfort is a key consideration for the employees who will be wearing the PPE. Of course, cost is also a big factor. And there could well be other considerations based on a variety of factors, such as the environment or company policies. Overall, though, you should seek out options that meet your employee’s needs and comfort requirements or else they won’t want