Policy Statement for PPE
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The following Policy Statement for PPE was
developed by a Division of Public Health PPE Expert Panel in 2008.
The ability to properly select, use and maintain
necessary personal protective equipment is a core competency of public
health professionals as defined by the Council on Linkages Between
Academia and Public Health Practice (http://www.trainingfinder.org/competencies).
The OSHA and the Wisconsin Department of Commerce
use in the workplace, including public health agencies, per OSHA
General PPE Requirements Standard 29CFR1910
Subpart I and Wisconsin
COMM Chapter 32.
Local Health Departments are responsible for
following the standards for PPE set forth the by OSHA General PPE
Standard 29CFR1910 Subpart I and Wisconsin COMM Chapter 32.
Avoidance of a hazard should always be the first
course of action. When this
is not feasible, attempts should be made to engineer a solution to
prevent personal exposure or to otherwise isolate the hazard.
When engineering and work place hazards are not
effective, use PPE. PPE
should be used as a last resort to protect against a hazard. PPE devices
alone should not be relied on to provide protection against hazards, but
should be used in conjunction with engineering controls, and sound work
Healthcare workers and other volunteers assigned to
assist in a public health emergency will be treated and provided the
same protections as employees, under OSHA law.
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February 20, 2014