UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES MANUAL
TITLE: HAZARD ASSESSMENT AND ASSIGNING PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT PROCEDURES
DEFINITIONS APPLICABLE TO THESE PROCEDURES
American National Standards Institute certification for personal protective equipment to ensure equipment meets minimum safety specifications.
HAZARD ASSESSMENT SURVEY (HAS)
A walk through survey of work areas for the purpose of identifying sources of hazards to faculty, staff or students. Basic categories that should be considered include but are not limited to: impact from flying objects, moving machinery or falling objects; penetration from sharp objects that can pierce the feet or cut hands, compression (roll over of loads or heavy materials), exposure to harmful dust or chemicals, exposure to high heat or temperature extremes, exposure to light (optical) radiation from welding operations or work with lasers and electrical hazards.
Two choices for Hazard Assessments at UVa are available, the Hazard Assessment Survey and/or the Hazard Assessment Form. Both are available to provide guidance and documentation for this process and are available here.
The purpose of the University of Virginia's Hazard Assessment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Procedures is to instruct departments on how to perform and document Hazard Assessments in their work areas in order to identify and control hazards that can be injurious to faculty, staff or student members; and to provide guidance on appropriate personal protective equipment selections when hazard control is not feasible or satisfactory. Assistance and instruction is available from the Office of Environmental Health & Safety to determine the need for a HAS, when conducting a HAS and determining the most appropriate PPE.
PROCEDURES (HAZARD IDENTIFICATION GUIDELINES)
EYE and FACE PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS
Eye and face protection (safety glasses, impact or chemical resistant goggles and faceshields) must meet ANSI Z87.1-1989. Safety glasses must have side shields. Prescription lenses are encouraged to be incorporated into ANSI certified safety glasses for those who are exposed to eye hazards for an extended part of the workday. Otherwise, ADDITIONAL eye protection must be worn over the person's prescription glasses. Eye and face hazards include but are not limited to the following examples:
HEAD PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS
Head protection must meet ANSI Z89.1-1986. In addition, personnel must be protected from the risk of electrical shock or burns when working near exposed conductors which could contact the head. Head protection must meet ANSI Z89.1-1986-non conductive Class A or B. Examples of head injury risks from falling objects are: construction and overhead material handling activities. Some work environments may have stationary objects that can injure someone when they walk into or raise up under such objects.
FOOT PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS
Foot protection must meet ANSI Z41.1991. Foot hazards can occur when the foot could be injured from falling or rolling objects, from objects that can pierce the sole or exposure to electrical hazards. Foot hazard examples include but are not limited to:
HAND PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS
Hands need to be protected with gloves if there is potential for exposure to the following types of hazards:
ADDITIONAL DEPARTMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Assistance is available from the Office of Environmental Health & Safety to departments in meeting the following responsibilities.
These procedures address hazards that may injure eyes, face, head, hands and feet. Please refer to the list of policies if additional safety hazards are identified during the Hazard Assessment Survey.
ISSUED BY: Director, Office Environmental Health & Safety
CURRENT REVISION DATE: 04/18/11