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What is personal protective equipment?

Personal protective equipment, commonly referred khổng lồ as "PPE", is equipment worn to lớn minimize exposure lớn hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses. These injuries và illnesses may result from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Personal protective equipment may include items such as gloves, safety glasses và shoes, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, or coveralls, vests và full body toàn thân suits.

What can be done to ensure proper use of personal protective equipment?

All personal protective equipment should be safely designed và constructed, & should be maintained in a clean & reliable fashion. It should fit comfortably, encouraging worker use. If the personal protective equipment does not fit properly, it can make the difference between being safely covered or dangerously exposed. When engineering, work practice, and administrative controls are not feasible or bởi not provide sufficient protection, employers must provide personal protective equipment khổng lồ their workers và ensure its proper use. Employers are also required lớn train each worker required lớn use personal protective equipment to lớn know:

When it is necessaryWhat kind is necessaryHow to properly put it on, adjust, wear & take it offThe limitations of the equipmentProper care, maintenance, useful life, và disposal of the equipment

If PPE is khổng lồ be used, a PPE program should be implemented. This program should address the hazards present; the selection, maintenance, & use of PPE; the training of employees; & monitoring of the program khổng lồ ensure its ongoing effectiveness.