Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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Proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) can be an employee’s most important means of protection on the job. Employers and employees must work together to ensure the greatest possible protection from hazards in the workplace and maintain a safe and healthy work environment.

Employers should:

  • Perform a hazard assessment of the workplace to identify areas requiring the use of PPE.
  • Identify and provide appropriate PPE for employees.
  • Train employees in the use and care of PPE.
  • Maintain PPE, including replacing worn or damaged PPE.
  • Periodically review, update, and evaluate the effectiveness of the PPE program.

Employees should:

  • Properly wear PPE.
  • Attend training sessions on PPE.
  • Care for, clean and, maintain PPE.
  • Inform a supervisor of the need for repair or replacement of PPE.

Specific requirements for PPE are presented in many different OSHA standards (published in 29 CFR). Please refer to OSHA regulations for more information.

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