Body Protection

Employees who face possible bodily injury from hazardous substance exposure that cannot be eliminated through engineering, work practice, or administrative controls must wear appropriate body protection while performing their jobs. In addition to cuts and radiation, the following are examples of workplace hazards that could cause bodily injury:

  • Temperature extremes;
  • Hot splashes from molten metals and other hot liquids;
  • Potential impacts from tools, machinery, and materials; and
  • Hazardous chemicals.

There are many varieties of protective clothing available for specific hazards. Employers are required to ensure that their employees wear personal protective equipment (PPE) complies with OSHA standards, but only for the parts of the body exposed to possible injury.

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