Personal Protective Equipment
Under OSHA standards, it is the responsibility of the employer
to provide, at no cost to the employee, all Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE) required by the employee (link).
This is where procurement comes in.
is defined as to gain or obtain possession of; to acquire.
After a Local Public Health Agency (LPHA) completes a
hazard assessment (link) and develops a required PPE Plan (link), then
the LPHA is ready to procure the proper PPE. Based on the LPHA hazard
assessment, agency should have adequate levels of PPE on-site for staff
to use to respond to the hazards identified. The
LPHA should also consider stockpiling PPE for large-scale public health emergencies such as a pandemic influenza.
This page is intended to 1) provide LPHA with a
calculator resource to help estimate face mask and respirator needs
during pandemic influenza and 2) link LPHA to vendors that are able to
help meet the agency PPE
PPE Equipment Vendor Resources
vendors listed below offer United States General Services Administration
(GSA) (exit DHS) contract prices to
Local Public Health Agencies in Wisconsin. Still, LPHA may choose to
use vendors listed on this page or continue to use existing vendors in
their procurement endeavors.
The Wisconsin Division of Public Health (DPH),
Department of Health Services, does not endorse the vendors listed on
two companies listed below currently hold a contract with the Wisconsin
Division of Public Health. Local Health Departments and Tribal agencies may order PPE
through the DPH
contract at the discounted GSA prices.
- To order PPE and other medical supplies except
Catherine Glade, Sales Representative
- To order disposable gloves:
for the Wisconsin Division of Public Health sales representative
Respirator and Facemask Calculator for Pandemic
A Tool for Wisconsin Local Public Health Agencies
The following resource was developed by
the Wisconsin Division of Public Health State Expert Panel on Personal
Protective Equipment to support public health functions.
Respiratory and Facemask Calculator for Pandemic Influenza Calculator
(link) is intended to assist Local Public Health Agencies in determining
the amount of face masks and respirators that public health agencies
will need for a pandemic influenza.
The calculator is based on CDC Interim
Recommendations for Facemask and Respirator Use to Reduce 2009 Influenza
A (H1N1) Virus Transmission. (exit DHS)
The calculator includes the following tools:
144 KB) provides
the assumptions, background information, and directions for using the
calculator tool including: the
purpose of the calculator tool, definitions of PPE, issues for
consideration, assumptions, determining employee risk exposure, when to
wear respirators or facemasks, reusing respirators, comparison chart of
PPE, directions on how to
use the calculator, purchase and maintenance of respirators, and
acknowledgements and references.
- Calculator Assumptions (Excel, 124
KB) The first
worksheet provides the assumptions that the
calculator is based on, addresses the four levels of risk exposure
to employees, and explores other factors to consider when estimating
PPE to purchase, store, stockpile and use during a pandemic
- Planning Tool
(Excel, 124 KB)
The second worksheet helps LPHA determine the exposure risk levels and number
of staff and volunteers estimated to respond during a pandemic.
- Calculator Tool
(Excel, 124 KB)
The third worksheet tool helps determine the amount of
respirators and facemasks needed, approximate storage requirements,
and costs associated with purchasing the PPE.
OSHA announces employer-paid personal protective equipment final
rule (exit DHS)
U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) on November 14, 2007, announced a final rule on employer-paid
personal protective equipment (PPE). Under the rule, all PPE, with a few exceptions, will be provided at no cost to the employee.
OSHA anticipates that this rule will have substantial safety benefits
that will result in more than 21,000 fewer occupational injuries per
If you have any questions, e-mail your Regional
April 17, 2014