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Painting Surface Preparation Cleaning Hot Work Hot Work Surface Preparation Confined Spaces Confined Spaces Figure 1: Illustration of many ship repair operations that require PPE
Figure 1: Illustration of many ship repair operations that require PPE: Cleaning, Confined Spaces, Hot Work, Painting, and Surface Preparation

Typical PPE for shipyard workers includes:
  • Hard hat,
  • Safety glasses,
  • Safety boots (hard toed),
  • Gloves,
  • Sleeved shirt,
  • Long pants (no shorts or cutoffs),
  • Hearing protection, and 
  • Flashlight or lightstick.

The selection of appropriate PPE is based upon the hazard assessment. [29 CFR 1915.152(b)(1)] Procedures for selection of PPE include:

  • Identifying the potential hazards.
  • Determining the types of protective equipment available for the present hazards.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of the PPE.
  • Selecting appropriate protective equipment.
  • Providing a variety of sizes to properly fit all users.
  • Selecting equipment that is compatible with other PPE.

General Shipyard Worker PPE

Types of general shipyard work personal protective equipment include:

Specific Operations Requiring Additional PPE

The following specific operations may require additional PPE:

Note: Confined space entry is one of the leading hazards associated with barge cleaning. Review the Shipbreaking: Confined or Enclosed Spaces and Other Dangerous Atmospheres chapter for information on how to protect workers from this hazard.



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