PPE’s in the Pharmaceutical Industry

It is important to consider that the health and safety hazards typical of the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry can affect individuals other than direct staff. Due to issues such as cross-contamination and accidental environmental exposure, workers within the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry can unintentionally expose their families, fellow community members, and domesticated and wild animals to toxic or otherwise harmful materials.

To reduce this risk of accidental exposure both inside and outside the workplace, it is imperative for company leaders within this industry to make safety their leading priority. Company leaders should establish protocols that help standardize and streamline safety procedures. When relevant, safety protocols should also comply with local and national regulatory boards, including the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).

Recommended pharmaceutical PPE varies considerably, but generally includes:
Protective apparel, including gowns and coveralls
Shoe covers
Eye protection, including face masks and goggles
Respiratory protection, which includes N95 respirators and powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR)

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