What Is PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)?
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection. The hazards addressed by protective equipment include physical, electrical, heat, chemicals, biohazards, and airborne particulate matter. Protective equipment may be worn for job-related occupational safety and health purposes, as well as for sports and other recreational activities.
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The purpose of personal protective equipment is to reduce employee exposure to hazards when engineering controls and administrative controls are not feasible or effective to reduce these risks to acceptable levels. PPE is needed when there are hazards present.
Types of personal protective equipment:
Respiratory protection – for example, disposable, cartridge, air line, half or full face.
Eye protection – for example, spectacles/goggles, shields, visors.
Hearing protection – for example, ear muffs and plugs.
Hand protection – for example, gloves and barrier creams.