Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Truck Drivers
Personal protective equipment (PPE) provides added individual protection against safety and health hazards. In general, PPE are devices worn by workers to protect against hazards in the environment. Examples include safety glasses, gloves, hard hats, steel-toed shoes, and hearing protection.
OSHA has PPE requirements to ensure the safety of truck drivers when handling freight. Whether you are a company driver required by your employer or an independent owner operator who is required by the customer to wear appropriate personal protection equipment, the same safety concerns apply to ensure your safety and protection to prevent injury. It is especially critical for owner operators because any injury could put your business out of service.
Normal prescription eye wear or sunglasses do not meet this standard. Z87.1 must be stamped on the frame. The eye protection must be available in the cab and worn when performing maintenance and repairs.
Leather palm gloves are preferred and provide the best protection for the hands. Gloves must be worn when handling cable binders and during some maintenance and repair procedures.
Hard hats must be worn whenever the driver is outside the truck cab.
Steel toed are worn to protect the feet from objects that are dropped or falling. They must cover and provide support to the ankle. The boots must also provide adequate traction in all conditions.
Hearing protection must be immediately available and is required if the driver operates loud machinery. Always make sure that you are prepared and have the necessary PPE on hand to ensure safe handling of your cargo.
Other Safety Tools for Truck Drivers
The driver can keep needed safety tools with them during the trip. It is likely that the driver may require using specific safety tools while they are traveling. Some countries may have rules that state which supplies need to be present in the vehicle. A fire extinguisher, emergency triangles. Flashlight, replacement fuses plus lights, as well as a small tool kit, can be useful. Any supply that the driver feels will be necessary should be kept in the truck.