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Landscaping PPE. Related Work Activities. Creating sharp flying debris Using a chainsaw Cutting or chipping concrete Using loud machinery Handling harmful chemicals Applying pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Hazardous Conditions & Unsafe Acts. Using a chainsaw without PPE;

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related work activities
Related Work Activities
  • Creating sharp flying debris
  • Using a chainsaw
  • Cutting or chipping concrete
  • Using loud machinery
  • Handling harmful chemicals
  • Applying pesticides and other harmful chemicals
hazardous conditions unsafe acts
Hazardous Conditions & Unsafe Acts
  • Using a chainsaw without PPE;
  • Cutting or chipping concrete without eye protection;
  • Weed eating or mowing without hearing protection;
  • Handling chemicals without skin protection;
  • Spraying chemicals without respiratory protection.
potential outcomes
Potential Outcomes
  • Hearing damage
  • Eye puncture and damage
  • Skin irritation
  • Nose and throat irritation
  • Lung disease
  • Amputations
personal protective equipment
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Examples of PPE:
    • Eye (safety goggles, glasses)
    • Face (safety shields)
    • Head (hard hat)
    • Feet (safety shoes)
    • Hands and arms (gloves)
    • Hearing (earplugs, muffs)
    • Respiratory (respirators)
eye protection
Eye Protection
  • Wear goggles or face shield around:
    • Flying chips or particles;
    • Electrical sparks;
    • Chemical gases or vapors;
    • Harmful light;
    • Fertilizer solutions, acids, pesticides, etc;
    • Dust
    • Swinging objects like ropes or chains
safety glasses
Safety Glasses
  • Made with metal/plastic frames
  • Side shields may be needed
  • Used for moderate impact particles
safety goggles
Safety Goggles
  • Protect the eyes from impacts, dust, and splashes.
eye protection9
Eye Protection
  • Goggles only provide eye protection, however face shields protect the whole face.
  • Be certain the protective eyewear is approved against the hazard for which it is being used.
keeping eyewear clean
Keeping Eyewear Clean
  • Eyewear should be clean and defogged
  • Clean lenses thoroughly with soap and water
  • Disinfect eyewear that has been exposed to a hazardous substance or worn by someone else
  • Store and clean eye wear in a closed, dustproof case (plastic bags).
  • Discard pitted or scratched eyewear
additional information
Additional Information
  • Eye and Face Protection eTool
head protection
Head Protection
  • Hard hats protect the head on overhead objects and from falling or flying objects:
    • Working below other workers or machinery , such as a bucket lift.
    • Working in or under trees with work overhead
    • Working around or under conveyor belts
    • Working around exposed energized conductors
hard hats
Hard Hats
  • Wear hard hats made of slow burning, water-resistant molded plastic.
    • The hard outer shells resist blows and penetration from above
    • Shock absorbing suspensions (headband and straps) act as an impact barrier between hat and head
    • Slow-burning materials protect against fires and electrical burns
hard hat inspection
Hard Hat Inspection
  • Inspect the hard hat before use
    • Look for:
      • Headband stretched or worn
      • Headband fits comfortably
      • Shell is dented, cracked, or visibly damaged
    • Check hard hat after use, if damaged, discard it
    • Wash the shell frequently with hot soapy water
    • Store hats in a cool, dry place
protecting legs and feet
Protecting Legs and Feet
  • Legs and feet injuries:
    • Cuts from cutting equipment
    • Heavy objects that might fall on feet
    • Sharp objects such as nails or spikes
    • Hot or wet surfaces
    • Slippery surfaces
leg protection
Leg Protection
  • Chainsaw chaps
    • Protect legs from injury when using tools such as chainsaws.
foot protection
Foot Protection
  • Safety shoes should be impact resistance with steel toes.
  • Safety-toe shoes are nonconductive and prevent your feet from completing a circuit
  • Shoes with good tread provide traction on slippery surfaces
hand protection
Hand Protection
  • Gloves can protect hands and forearms from cuts, abrasions, burns, punctures, contact with hazardous chemicals, and electric shock
using gloves
Using Gloves
  • Choosing the right glove for the job is important
    • Example: Choosing a cotton glove to work with chemicals is a bad choice.
  • Some situations are not appropriate for gloves such as working with moving machinery
  • Noise in the workplace interferes with communication and disrupts concentration
  • Sound is measured in decibels
  • Noises of 85 decibels or greater affects your hearing if you work around it for eight hours a day.
hearing protection
Hearing Protection
  • When noise exposure cannot be controlled by either engineering controls, use hearing protection.
  • Earmuffs and earplugs can reduce noise levels if used properly.
  • It is a good idea to use hearing protection when average noise levels exceed 80 dB.
hearing protection devices
Hearing Protection Devices
  • Formable earplugs:
    • Spongy, soft compressed, or shaped prior to insertion
    • Disposable-not for reuse
  • Pre-molded ear plugs
    • Molded to fit ear
  • Earmuffs
    • Adjustable headband with soft cups that seal around the ear
protecting yourself
Protecting Yourself
  • This worker is taking no chances when it comes to protecting himself from the hazards of hedge trimming.
protection for pesticide application
Protection for Pesticide Application
  • Dermal exposure is the most common
  • PPE should be worn to reduce skin exposure
  • Types of exposure when using pesticides:
    • Dermal – Getting pesticide on your skin
    • Oral – Swallowing pesticide
    • Inhalation – Breathing in pesticide
    • Ocular – Getting pesticide in the eyes
what a chemical label tells you
What A Chemical Label Tells You
  • The label on the pesticide includes:
    • The chemical formulation
    • Signal words: Warning, Caution
    • Precautions
    • PPE recommendations
    • Application method
    • Projected length of exposure
respiratory protection
Respiratory Protection
  • Activities that may require respiratory PPE:
    • Handling and applying pesticides
    • Working around heavy dust in greenhouses
    • Working around mold
    • Spraying paint
    • Using solvents or other chemical irritants
    • Working around allergens
types of respirators
Types of Respirators
  • Three types of respirators for normal work activity:
    • Particulate respirator
      • Use a filter to trap solid particles like dust or mold
    • Gas/vapor respirators
      • Use a cartridge to absorb gases and vapors
    • Combination respirators
      • Have a filter for particles and a cartridge for gas and vapor
selecting a respirator
Selecting a Respirator
  • Particulate respirators
    • Type 95 = 95 % efficient; appropriate for most dust, mold, or mist
    • Type 97 = 97% efficient; higher level of protection
    • Type 100 or HEPA = 99.7% efficient; used with highly toxic substances
  • Gas/Vapor respirators
    • White= Acid gas
    • Black = Organic vapors
    • Green= Ammonia gas
    • Yellow= Acid gas and organic vapor
    • Olive Green= Multi-gas combinations
dust masks
Dust Masks

This “dust mask” is not approved for respiratory protection.

NIOSH approval info

fit testing
Fit Testing
  • Positive pressure test
    • Block off the exhalation valve with the palm of your hand,
    • Gently exhale, then hold it for 10 seconds,
    • Smile, then open your mouth.
    • A slight bulge and no air leaks is a proper fit.
  • Negative pressure test
    • Place the palms of your hands over the cartridge openings, and gently inhale, holding your breath for 10 seconds.
    • Smile, then open your mouth. If the face-piece is collapsing slightly and you don't detect any air leaks, you have a proper fit.
cleaning and storing respirators
Cleaning and Storing Respirators
  • Respirators should be cleaned after each use except disposable respirators or dust filter masks.
  • Wash reusable face pieces and the inhalation and exhalation valves with a mild disinfecting soap. They should be rinsed and air dried before storing.
  • Store clean, dry respirators in a zip-sealed plastic bag in a cool, dry cabinet specifically designated for storage.
respiratory protection program
Respiratory Protection Program
  • Your employer shouldhave a written Respiratory Protection Program
  • It includes:
    • When a respirator is required
    • Medical evaluations needed
    • How to select a respirator
    • How to use respirators
  • Review your employers RPP
  • Employees required to use PPE must be trained to know at least the following:
    • When PPE is necessary;
    • What type of PPE is necessary;
    • How to properly put on, take off, adjust, and wear;
    • Limitations of the PPE;
    • Proper care, maintenance, useful life and disposal.
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Additional Information
  • Respiratory Protection eTool
  • Using eye and face protection when debris is flying around is recommended
  • Use head, leg, hand, and foot protection when using a chainsaw
  • Use hearing protection when using noisy tools
  • Respiratory protection may be recommended during certain job activities, check with chemical labels or your employer for details