Personal Protective Equipment

Introduction

When elimination, substitution, engineering, and administrative controls are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, employers must provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to their employees and ensure its use. Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to a variety of hazards. Examples of PPE include such items as gloves, foot and eye protection, protective hearing devices (earplugs, muffs), hard hats, respirators and full body suits. Remember, PPE is the last resort in hazard control, not the first choice. Some employers may mistakenly believe PPE is the end-all be-all. They might do too much, not too little.

The information in this course is general in nature and does not address all workplace hazards or PPE requirements. The information, methods and procedures in this course are based on the OSHA requirements for PPE as set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for general industry in the following OSHA 29 CFR 1910, Subpart I, Personal Protective Equipment.

Key Topics

  • Eye and Face Protection
  • Head Protection
  • Arm and Hand Protection
  • Body Protection
  • Foot Protection
  • Respiratory Protection

Target Audience

  • Employee
  • Supervisor
  • Manager