Work Safe – PPE, OSHA, and Unions

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

What is personal protective equipment?

You have the right to work in a safe environment. Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as “PPE”, is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses. These injuries and illnesses may result from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Personal protective equipment may include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, or coveralls, vests and full body suits.

Watch this video and learn about the benefits and use of personal protective equipment.

If PPE is to be used, a PPE program should be implemented. This program should address the hazards present; the selection, maintenance, and use of PPE; the training of employees; and monitoring of the program to ensure its ongoing effectiveness.

UNIONS

OSHA, USITT, and IATSE are committed to providing USITT and IATSE members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the Participants will continue to address fall, electrical, ergonomic, and other hazards present in the entertainment industry.

What is Occupational Safety and Health Administration?

OSHA is part of the United States Department of Labor. The administrator for OSHA is the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. OSHA’s administrator answers to the Secretary of Labor, who is a member of the cabinet of the President of the United States.

OSHA’s Mission: With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. For the best practices in safety refer to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website: https://www.osha.gov/

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