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The MSDS HyperGlossary: Personal Protective Equipment, PPE

The MSDS HyperGlossary: Personal Protective Equipment, PPE
    Personal Protective Equipment, PPE

    Definition

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) includes all clothing and other work accessories designed to create a barrier against workplace hazards. Examples include safety goggles, blast shields, hard hats, hearing protectors, gloves, respirators, aprons, and work boots.

Additional Info

    PPE should not be used as a substitute for engineering, work practice, and/or administrative controls to prevent exposure to hazardous chemicals. For example, a respirator is not meant to be worn by an assembly line worker during his/her entire work shift; other methods such as a ventilation system or replacement of hazardous substances/processes should be utilized. However, PPE can work in conjunction with such preventative measures or when such controls are not possible.

    Also keep in mind that PPE protects only the user – it does nothing to remove the hazard from the workplace.

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The MSDS HyperGlossary: HMIS

The MSDS HyperGlossary: HMIS

Definition

The Hazardous Materials Identification System, HMIS®, was developed by the National Paint & Coatings Association (NPCA), now known as the American Coatings Association (ACA), to help employers comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communication (HCS), 29 CFR 1910.1200.

The current HMIS® III version utilizes colored bars, numbers and symbols to convey the hazards of chemicals used in the workplace. See below for an explanation of the system.

Alas, this optional system is proprietary and the ACA has apparently awarded exclusive rights for HMIS® products and services to a handful of vendors. The implementation manual alone costs $299.00 USD; in contrast OSHA’s mandatory GHS labeling system is open and freely available – anyone can print or sell their own labels. In our opinion, the idea of charging for use of a labeling system is totally unacceptable and runs counter to the

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