8.17 Respiratory Protection Program. Section 1910.134, states that, in controlling
occupational diseases caused by breathing air contaminated with harmful dusts, fogs, fumes,
mists, gases, smokes, sprays, or vapors, the primary objective will be to prevent atmospheric
contamination. This will be accomplished as far as feasible by accepted engineering control
measures such as enclosure or confinement of the operation, general and local ventilation, and
substitution of less toxic materials. When this is not feasible, respirators will be used.
8.18 Occupational Head Protection. Section 1910.135 specifies that employees shall wear
protective helmets when working in areas where there is a potential for injury to the head from
falling objects. Further, protective helmets designed to reduce electrical shock hazard shall be
worn by each affected employee when near exposed electrical conductors which could contact
8.19 Occupational Foot Protection. Safety-toe footwear is required by section 1910.136.
Employees shall wear protective footwear when working in areas where there is a danger of foot
injuries due to falling and rolling objects, or objects piercing the sole, and where employees' feet
are exposed to electrical hazards.
8.20 Hand Protection. Section 1910.138 specifies that employers shall select and require
employees to use appropriate hand protection when employees' hands are exposed to hazards
such as those from skin absorption of harmful substances, severe cuts or lacerations, severe
abrasions, punctures, chemical burns, thermal burns, and harmful temperature extremes.
SECTION VI. OTHER REQUIREMENTS
8.21 Medical Surveillance Program. Title 29, Section 1910.120f specifies the requirement
that employers institute a medical surveillance program when its employees are engaged in
certain hazardous waste operations or emergency response operations. When applicable,
installations will institute such programs that are at least as stringent as the OSHA requirements.
The specific policy and guidance provided in service/agency programs will be followed by the
installations. Employees should contact the installation OSH officer for specifics regarding the
medical surveillance program.
8.22 Occupational Radiation Protection Program. DoDI 6055.8, Occupational Radiation
Protection Program, requires that DoD installations conducting operations involving
occupational radiation exposure establish and maintain radiation protection programs to reduce
occupational exposures to radiation to a level as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA).
Detailed requirements and exempted installations are contained in DoDI 6055.8. Additionally,
each component has specific regulations for control of licensed radioactive materials which
implement the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission's rules and regulations. These regulations
must also be consulted.
8.23 Process Safety Management
A. Process Safety Management prevents or minimizes the consequences of a catastrophic