Volls recognizes that successful Quality, Health and Safety, Environment management is fundamental to its business and is committed to the continual improvement of procedure, work instructions and working practices to ensure meeting and exceeding customer, legal, other requirements, and compliance obligations.
This policy is reviewed on an annual basis to ensure its continuing suitability and adequacy.
The purpose of the Personal Protective Equipment Policies is to protect the employees of VOLLS from exposure to work place hazards and the risk of injury through the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE is not a substitute for more effective control methods and its use will be considered only when other means of protection against hazards are not adequate or feasible. It will be used in conjunction with other controls unless no other means of hazard control exist.
Personal protective equipment will be provided, used, and maintained when it has been determined that its use is required to ensure the safety and health of our employees and that such use will lessen the likelihood of occupational injury and/or illness.
This section addresses general PPE requirements, including eye and face, head, foot and leg, hand and arm, body (torso) protection, and protection from drowning. Separate programs exist for respiratory protection and hearing protection as the need for participation in these programs is established through industrial hygiene monitoring.
Personal Protective Equipment Policies includes:
HSE Manager is responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of our policies. This involves
Supervisors have the primary responsibility for implementing and enforcing PPE use and policies in their work area. This involves
The PPE user is responsible for following the requirements of the PPE policies. This involves
Hazard Assessment for PPE
HSE Manager in conjunction with Supervisors, will conduct a walk-through survey of each work area to identify sources of work hazards. Each survey will be documented using the Hazard Assessment Certification Form, which identifies the work area surveyed, the person conducting the survey, findings of potential hazards, and date of the survey.
HSE Manager will conduct, review, and update the hazard assessment for PPE whenever
Any new PPE requirements that are developed will be added into VOLLS’s written accident prevention program.
Once the hazards of a workplace have been identified, VOLLS HSE Manager will determine if the hazards can first be eliminated or reduced by methods other than PPE, i.e., methods that do not rely on employee behavior, such as engineering controls (refer to Appendix B – Controlling Hazards).
If such methods are not adequate or feasible, then VOLLS HSE Manager will determine the suitability of the PPE presently available; and as necessary, will select new or additional equipment which ensures a level of protection greater than the minimum required to protect our employees from the hazards (refer to Appendix C – Selection of PPE). Care will be taken to recognize the possibility of multiple and simultaneous exposure to a variety of hazards. Adequate protection against the highest level of each of the hazards will be recommended for purchase.
All personal protective clothing and equipment will be of safe design and construction for the work to be performed and will be maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition. Only those items of protective clothing and equipment that meet CE and EN standards will be procured or accepted for use. Newly purchased PPE must conform to the updated ANSI standards which have been incorporated into the PPE regulations, as follows:
Affected employees whose jobs require the use of PPE will be informed of the PPE selection and will be provided PPE by VOLLS at no charge. Careful consideration will be given to the comfort and proper fit of PPE in order to ensure that the right size is selected and that it will be used.
Any worker required to wear PPE will receive training in the proper use and care of PPE before being allowed to perform work requiring the use of PPE. Periodic retraining will be offered to PPE users as needed. The training will include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following subjects:
After the training, the employees will demonstrate that they understand how to use PPE properly, or they will be retrained.
Training of each employee will be documented using the Personal Protective Equipment Training Documentation Form and kept on file. The document certifies that the employee has received and understood the required training on the specific PPE he/she will be using.
The need for retraining will be indicated when
We believes that a safety and health Accident Prevention Program is unenforceable without some type of disciplinary policy. Our company believes that in order to maintain a safe and healthful workplace, the employees must be cognizant and aware of all company, State, and Federal safety and health regulations as they apply to the specific job duties required.
The following disciplinary policy is in effect and will be applied to all safety and health violations.