III.H. Personal Protection Equipment
ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY TYPE: HEALTH & SAFETY
POLICY TITLE: Personal Protection Equipment
It is the philosophy of Fox Valley Technical College to provide a safe and healthful learning and working environment. In keeping with that philosophy, the following policies have been adopted:
Eye Protection Guidelines
Policy: Protective eyewear must be worn in any work or educational setting where there is a reasonable probability that injury can be prevented by the use of such eyewear, as required by COMM 32 and OSHA 1910, as adopted by the Department of Commerce. Examples of such hazardous settings are identified in the “Recommend Eye Protection Devices” chart located in the Manual for Eye Protection in Wisconsin Schools.
Instructors and/or managers within each instructional/work setting shall be responsible for implementing and enforcing the eye protection guidelines. These guidelines shall cover instructors, staff members, students, and frequenters (tour groups, visitors, etc.). All District employees are required to abide by the eye protection guidelines. Noncompliance and/or nonenforcement shall result in disciplinary action consistent with the attached procedures. Protective eyewear shall include safety glasses with side shields, goggles, and welding helmets. Selection of specific eyewear for various operational hazards shall conform to the “Recommended Eye Protection Devices” chart.
Procedure: Plans for implementation of the guidelines within each instructional area must be approved by the supervisor/manager of the department or area. Eye protection requirements for a specific area must be posted. The Risk Management Committee may also recommend to supervisors/managers the use of eye protection in specific department areas.
FVTC will purchase protective eyewear for all full-time and permanent part-time staff and will pay for replacement eyewear every two years or if they are broken during the course of employment. Eyewear will be replaced more frequently if changes in eye condition warrant. Call staff and frequenters will be provided with approved eye protection devices, where required. Requests for eyewear must be initiated by the employee through the Health Services Office in Appleton or with the receptionist at the S. J. Spanbauer Center in Oshkosh.
All protective eyewear must meet the current standard of the American National Standard Institute (ANSI), practice for occupational and educational eye and face protection, Code Z87.1-1989 and subsequent revisions. Suppliers must certify that their eyewear meets these standards prior to delivery.
In addition to these procedures, staff, students, and frequenters must adhere to the following items:
To identify safety eyewear, it should be noted that safety frames have Z87 stamped inside the temple. Prescription and nonprescription lenses have the initials of the manufacturer on the surface of the lens. The letter “V”, along with the manufacturer’s initials, indicates a lens that changes color. Goggles will have Z87 stamped onto the goggles.
- Personal Eyewear
- Those who wish to wear their own prescription glasses may do so providing the glasses have side shields and that the glasses meet current ANSI standards.
- Personal eyewear not meeting standards may only be worn with cover goggles meeting current ANSI standards.
- FDA “impact-resistant” lenses do not meet required standards.
- Contact Lenses
- Most types of contact lenses, such as hard, soft, gas permeable, and extended wear, can be worn safely in most hazardous work or educational settings provided appropriate, approved eye protection is worn in conjunction with the contact lenses. Environments in which the use of contact lenses is unsuitable, due to physical discomfort or where documented eye injuries have occurred from their use, will be indicated as an addendum to the eye protection guidelines policy and through signage in such areas.
- Photochromic Lenses
- For many general activities, ANSI standards do allow the use of lenses whose depth of tint changes when exposed to varying amounts of daylight. They must be marked with the symbol “v” (variable) as well as with the manufacturer’s monogram. Such lenses shall not be used when special protection from ultraviolet or infrared radiation is required. They also shall not be used when specially and/or specifically tinted lenses are required for such tasks as: welding, glass blowing, and checking metal weld.
- Safety Glasses
- Safety glasses must be worn with side shields.
- Cover Goggles
- All cover goggles must be of the approved type.
- Face Shields
- Face shields alone do not provide adequate protection. Additional eye protection must be worn.
- Frequenter’s Eye Protective Devices
- Frequenters shall wear approved eye protection devices, where required. Frequenter (visitor) eye protection devices furnished by Fox Valley Technical College shall meet current ANSI standards.
Students are encouraged to purchase protective eyewear through the staff member responsible for ordering protective eyewear. This will ensure that the protective eyewear meets current standards.
Foot Protection Guidelines
Protective Footwear must be worn in any work setting where there is a reasonable probability that injury can be reduced or prevented by the use of such footwear as required by COMM 32 and OSHA 1910, as adopted by the Department of Commerce. Foot protection is typically obtained through the use of steel-toed safety footwear meeting the current standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), for safety toe footwear Z41.1, and subsequent revisions.
Procedure: Plans for implementation of the foot protection guidelines within each work setting must be approved by the supervisor/manager of the department. The Risk Management Committee may also recommend to supervisors/managers the use of foot protection in specific department areas.
Those individuals having work assignments which necessitate the wearing of protective footwear will be reimbursed up to $ 75 per fiscal year for the purchase of protective footwear. The $ 75 will be reimbursed to the employee upon presentation of proof of purchase to the supervisor/manager. Footwear may be purchased at any reputable supplier.
Hearing protection will only be effective to the degree that positive attitudes toward hearing conservation are developed. FVTC recognizes that students, staff, and visitors are exposed to situations that could result in serious hearing loss unless adequate hearing protections is required. Further, FVTC recognizes that the potential for hearing loss can be avoided through the consistent use of appropriate hearing protection devises. In accordance with the Wisconsin Administrative Code Ind. 1000-2000 and the standard for measuring sound attenuation capabilities of hearing protectors, ANSI 53.19-1974 (ASA STD1-1975), the following policy for hearing conservation will be in effect.
Disciplinary Action Procedures
- All Fox Valley Technical College employees and students are required to wear appropriate hearing protection in the designated areas. Non-compliance and/or non enforcement may result in disciplinary action. The insurance carrier for Worker’s Compensation coverage, or other authorized agency will conduct sound level testing to identify areas where hearing protection devices will be required.
- Sound level testing results and areas identified as requiring hearing protection devices will be on file in the office of the Safety Specialist. Employees and students will be notified of areas where hearing protection is required or recommended. Instructors have responsibility for enforcing the use of hearing protection devices in their classes and shops.
- Yearly hearing tests will be conducted on all full-time and permanent part-time staff that routinely work in areas requiring hearing protection devices. These tests will be conducted by a qualified agency specified by Fox Valley Technical College.
- Sound level testing will be conducted in areas which employees feel exceed acceptable levels. Requests for additional sound level testing should be directed to the Safety Specialist. If found appropriate, hearing protection devices will then be required or recommended in those areas. Retesting of those designated as requiring hearing protection devices will be done on a timely periodic basis.
- Fox Valley Technical College will purchase hearing protection devices for all full-time and permanent part-time staff. Call staff and visitors will be provided with hearing protection devices. Orders must be processed through normal department/division purchasing procedures.
- All hearing protection devices must meet the current standard of ANSI Section 3.19 1974 (ASA STD1-1975) for measuring sound attenuation capabilities of hearing protectors and subsequent revisions. Suppliers must certify that their hearing protection devices meet the above standards.
- Personal Hearing Protection Devices
- Those who wish to wear their own hearing protection devices may do so providing the devices meet or exceed the above specified testing standard and subsequent revisions. It is the responsibility of each individual to provide proof that their personal hearing protection devices meet applicable standards.
- Personal hearing protection devices not meeting standards may not be worn.
- The use of cotton in the ear as a sound attenuation device is not acceptable.
- Visitors shall wear hearing protection devices where required.
- Signs will be posted to indicate areas where hearing protection devices are required.
- Provided they meet the current standards for hearing protection, the following devices may be used:
- Ear plugs
- Individually fitted hearing protectors
- Ear muffs
Students: Responsibility for monitoring and implementing the personal protection equipment guidelines shall rest with the instructor in charge of the particular instructional area/program affected. Further, the instructor shall report and document infractions for disciplinary action. Disciplinary action will be carried out by the supervisor or coordinator of the program area. The procedure for enforcement concerning students is outlined below.
Employees: Employees determined to have violated this policy will be disciplined in accordance with the applicable provisions of the collective bargaining agreement.
- First occurrence--written warning; date, time, and location of incident noted and filed in the division office.
- Second occurrence--one day class suspension; date, time, and location of incident noted and filed in the division office and placed in the student’s file.
- Third occurrence--three-day class suspension; date, time, and location of incident noted and filed in the division office and placed in the student’s file.
- Fourth occurrence--class participation terminated; date, time, and location of incident noted and filed in the division office and placed in the student’s file.