Recall the procedures for use and maintenance of
personal protective equipment.
Personal protective devices do nothing to reduce or
eliminate hazards. They merely establish a last line of
defense. Some devices that are not worn properly or
that are subjected to improper maintenance may not
work as designed. For this reason, proper equipment
selection, maintenance, personnel training, and
mandatory enforcement of equipment use are key
elements in the use of personal protective equipment.
You should know what equipment to wear, when to
wear it, and how to wear it. You should also know how to
take care of the equipment. If you take care of the
protective devices, they will take care of you.
The following paragraphs describe some of the
protective equipment available to personnel and the
procedures to follow in upkeeping this equipment:
Eye protection includes such articles as personal
eyeglasses, common-use goggles, and common-use
face shields. These articles should be kept clean and
disinfected. Personal eyeglasses are the responsibility
of the owner/wearer. Eye protection should be stored
where it will be protected from dust, moisture, and the
weight of other objects placed directly on it. The best
container is probably the box it was packaged in by the
Respiratory protection, such as respirators,
should be assigned to you for your exclusive use, if
practical. Respirators should be cleaned and disinfected
regularly. While cleaning, you should check for wear or
deterioration. This type of protection should be stored in
a container that will protect it from dust, moisture, and
the weight of objects placed on top of it.
Hearing protection includes articles such as
circumaural protection and earplugs. Earplugs should
be washed often (with the exception of the disposable
plugs, of course). The circumaural protective devices
should have the ear pads cleaned and disinfected
periodically. Most small earplugs come in a small
container especially made for them. The circumaural
device can be hung from the headband.
Foot protection includes steel-toed boots or
shoes, which should fit properly. When they wear out,
Head protection includes helmets and hats that
are worn to protect the head from falling or flying
objects and low overheads. Check these periodically for
worn headbands or cracks in the shell.
Electrical protective devices include rubber
gloves, rubber mats, rubber hoods, rubber sleeves, and
rubber blankets. Keep these items clean and free of
moisture. Check these periodically for cracks or holes in
the rubber material. When storing the gloves, return
them to the box they came in and do not stack anything
on them that would crush them.
PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING
Learning Objective: When you finish this chapter, you
will be able to
Recall the procedures for reporting safety
hazards and violations.
The first part of this chapter explained your
personal responsibilities. If you detect a safety hazard,
you are required to report this hazard to your immediate
supervisor. The supervisor will then have the hazard
corrected or seek assistance from the ships safety
officer on ways to correct it. Navy Safety Precautions
for Forces Afloat, OPNAVINST 5100.19, contains the
information on Navy safety.
REVIEW 14 QUESTIONS
Q1. List the personal protection equipment you
should use in each of the following categories.
a. Head protection
b. Electrical protective devices
c. Eye protection
d. Respiratory protection