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5.5: Personal Protective Equipment

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    What is Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

    PPE is the last line of defense in the hierarchy of controls. As previously discussed there are some hazards, physical and chemical, that workers are exposed to despite efforts to either eliminate, substitute, engineer, or work practice control the danger away. The correct application, design, and issuance of the PPE are the employer’s responsibility. The correct wear, care, and use of the required PPE is the employee responsibility.

    PPE is a generic term. There are types of PPE designed to protect parts of the human body exposed to hazards and hazardous environments. The typical areas needing protection and the type of PPE are shown below:

    Table of Typical PPE

    Table of PPE

    Body Part

    Protection

    Image

    Head

    Hard Hat, Helmet

    Hardhat blue

    Hands

    Gloves

    a pair of gray cloth gloves

    Feet

    Steel Toe Boots

    steel toe boot

    Eyes-Sight

    Goggles, Glasses

    safety google

    Ears-Hearing

    Ear Plugs, Earmuffs

    Earmuffs

    Nose, Mouth

    Respirator, face mask

    respirator

    Face

    Face Shield

    face shield

    Body

    Coveralls, High Visibility Vest

    Hi-vis vest

    PPE shall only be specified for use after a job hazard analysis(JHA) or job safety analysis(JSA) has been completed. The PPE shown above are “typical” and not specific for any task. The JHA and site assessment will determine what PPE is necessary, when it is necessary, and why it is necessary.


    This page titled 5.5: Personal Protective Equipment is shared under a CC BY 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Kimberly Mosley (ASCCC Open Educational Resources Initiative (OERI)) .

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