The close proximity rule (sometimes referred to as the “4-foot rule”) is a safe work practice adopted by JJ White Inc. for PPE.
Under the close proximity rule, anyone who is working within 4 feet of another person performing a task that requires a higher level of PPE, must also wear that higher level of PPE protection.
For example, if an individual is required to wear a face shield to conduct a task, then anyone within 4 feet of that person must also wear a face shield when the task is performed.
The close proximity rule was established as a common sense rule to remind us that exposures to hazards aren’t limited to the person performing the task that is creating the hazard.
We need to be constantly aware of our surroundings, including the work others are performing. When necessary we need to take action to protect ourselves. And that includes wearing a higher level of PPE when required due to close proximity to other work.