PPE - Personal Protective Equipment

There are over 75 OSHA Standards that address the need and use for Personal Protective Equipment (PPS). While PPE use can prevent injuries and illnesses, engineering controls should be the primary methods used to eliminate or minimize hazard exposure in the workplace. When controls are not practical or applicable, personal protective equipment can be used to reduce or eliminate personnel exposure to hazards. Personal protective equipment (PPE) must be provided, used, and maintained when it has been determined that its use is required and that such use will lessen the likelihood of occupational injuries and/or illnesses.

Hazards in the workplace are a fact of life. No matter what you do, there's the need for personal protective equipment on many of the jobs you perform. Health hazards, eye hazards, noise and chemicals. whether or not you use personal protective equipment is really up to you. If you choose not to, your attitude may be the biggest hazard of all. Personal Protective equipment is one of the best ways to protect your own health and safety.

Ear plugs or ear muffs can go a long way to avoid hearing loss. Adjust your muffs so they're comfortable and don't squeeze your ears. Disposable ear plugs must be clean and fitted properly. Never insert dirty ear plugs or use dirty hands when putting the plugs in your ears.

Safety glasses provide eye protection from flying chips, debris and other eye hazards. Goggles protect your eyes from chemical splashes and face shields are a safeguard when worn over other protective eyewear, such as safety glasses.

Gloves protect your hands from chemicals, rough or sharp parts and a wide range of skin protection. Keep in mind that there are literally hundreds of different types of gloves, each designed for a specific purpose, so select the proper glove for the job.

Respirators protect you against a wide variety dusts, fumes, gases, vapors and many other health hazards. One of the most misused respirators in industry is the dust mask. It's designed only for certain types of dust, but many people believe it's good for any type of hazard. A dust mask cannot be used for spray painting or other types of vapors. Each specific hazard must have the proper respirator that provides protection for that hazard. Proper fitting of respiratory equipment and the wearing of equipment as it was intended is equally important.

Hard Hats protect your head from low hanging or falling objects. Wear hard hats as they were intended to be worn and never make modifications to your hat, such as drilling air holes in the sides. Each hat is engineered for impacts and if you modify the hat, you could damage the hat to such a degree where the hat will not afford the designed protection. Bump caps are made of lesser quality plastic and are not engineered for falling objects or impacts. Bump caps are used in areas where there are bump hazards and not falling objects. Many food processing facilities use bump caps solely for the purpose of containing hair and not for protection from impacts of falling objects.

Boots and safety shoes are good personal protective equipment. Even if your job doesn't require steel toed safety shoes, leather topped shoes can provide a degree of protection from chemical splashes, petroleum products and small cuts, bruises and abrasions. Your shoes should be in good condition and the soles of the shoes should be slip resistant. Keep your footwear in good condition and always clean off your shoes before climbing ladders, or getting into vehicles. Grease or slippery shoes can create accidents.

Chemical clothing and encapsulating suits are used when there are vapor, gas and other airborne hazards. When you're engaged in this type of work, more training is necessary, to make sure you understand what protection is offered and how to specifically use, handle and store the equipment. When we talk about personal protective equipment, the basic equipment just described comes to mind, but in a work environment, you must consider many other safety devices that could be lumped together with personal protective equipment.

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MS-WORD Personal Protective Equipment Safety Program
Fact Sheets
MS-WORD 75 PPE OSHA Standards Safety Topic Fact Sheet
MS-WORD Chemical Cpc Evaluation
MS-WORD Electrical Personal Protection Equipment PPE Safety Topic Fact Sheet Checks
MS-WORD Electrical Personal Protection Equipment PPE Safety Topic Fact Sheet Use
MS-WORD Eye Protection Safety Topic Fact Sheet
MS-WORD Eye Safety For Emergency Response And Disaster Recovery Safety Topic Fact Sheet
MS-WORD Foot Protection Safety Topic Fact Sheet
MS-WORD Hand Protection Safety Topic Fact Sheet
MS-WORD Hazard Communication Safety Topic Fact Sheet
MS-WORD Head Protection Safety Topic Fact Sheet
MS-WORD Respirator Cleaning Safety Topic Fact Sheet
MS-WORD Respirator Fit Test Protocol Safety Topic Fact Sheet
MS-WORD Respirator Fit Test Safety Topic Fact Sheet
MS-WORD Respirator Selection Safety Topic Fact Sheet
MS-WORD Respirator Type Pros And Cons Safety Topic Fact Sheet

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MS-WORD Personal Protection Equipment PPE Audit Guide
MS-WORD Eye And Face Protection Supervisor Safety Checklist
MS-WORD Filter Respirators Supervisor Safety Checklist
MS-WORD Hand Protection Supervisor Safety Checklist
MS-WORD Head Protection Supervisor Safety Checklist
MS-WORD Machine Safety Supervisor Safety Checklist
MS-WORD Personal Protection Equipment PPE Evaluation Supervisor Safety Checklist
MS-WORD Respiratory Protection Supervisor Safety Checklist
MS-WORD Hazard Assessment Worksheet PPE Form
MS-WORD Job Hazard Analysis Assessment Worksheet For PPE Form
MS-WORD PPE Assessment Certification Form
MS-WORD Personal Protective Equipment Construction Inspection Form

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MS-WORD Choosing Protective Clothing Safety Article
MS-WORD Eye Injury Prevention Safety Article
MS-WORD Glove For Vibration Hazards Safety Article
MS-WORD Keep Both Eyes On Safety Safety Article
MS-WORD Post Fall Arrest Resuce Safety Article
MS-WORD Protecting Your Hands Safety Article
MS-WORD Safe Floors Safety Article
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MS-WORD Eye Crossword Answer Key
MS-WORD Eye Crossword
MS-WORD Eye Protection Training Handout Korean
MS-WORD Eye Protection Training Handout Spanish
MS-WORD Eye Protection Training Handout
MS-WORD Fire Prevention Training Handout Spanish
MS-WORD Fire Prevention Training Handout
MS-WORD Hand Training Handout Spanish
MS-WORD Hand Training Handout
MS-WORD Hands Training Handout
MS-WORD Head Protection Training Handout Korean
MS-WORD Head Protection Training Handout Spanish
MS-WORD Head Protection Training Handout
MS-WORD Head Training Handout
MS-WORD Hearing Training Handout Korean
MS-WORD Hearing Training Handout Spanish
MS-WORD Hearing Training Handout
MS-WORD Respiratory Protection In Construction
MS-WORD Respiratory Training Handout Spanish
MS-WORD Respiratory Training Handout
MS-WORD Personal Protective Equipment PPE Training Outline
MS-WORD Eye And Face Safety Pamphlet Spanish
MS-WORD Eye And Face Safety Pamphlet
MS-WORD Foot Hazards Pamphlet Spanish
MS-WORD Foot Hazards Pamphlet
MS-WORD Hand Protection Pamphlet Spanish
MS-WORD Hand Protection Pamphlet
MS-WORD Head Protection Pamphlet Spanish
MS-WORD Head Protection Pamphlet
MS-WORD Hearing Loss And Noise Pamphlet Spanish
MS-WORD Hearing Loss And Noise Pamphlet
MS-PPT Dust Mask Respirators PowerPoint
MS-PPT Eye and Face Protection PowerPoint
MS-PPT Half and Full Face Respirators PowerPoint
MS-PPT Hand Protection Training PowerPoint
MS-PPT Hard Hats Personal Protection Equipment PowerPoint
MS-PPT PPE 10 Hour
MS-PPT PPE Construction 10 Hour
MS-PPT Personal Protective Equipment PowerPoint Spanish
MS-PPT Personal Protective Equipment PowerPoint
MS-PPT Respiratory Protection PowerPoint Spanish
MS-PPT Respiratory Protection PowerPoint
MS-PPT Supplied Air Respirators PowerPoint
MS-WORD Eye Hazards Reminder
MS-WORD Eye P Hazards Reminder
MS-WORD Eye P Types Reminder
MS-WORD Eye P Use Reminder
MS-WORD Eye Types Reminder
MS-WORD Eye Use Reminder
MS-WORD Hand Controls Reminder
MS-WORD Hand Hazards Reminder
MS-WORD Hand P Controls Reminder
MS-WORD Hand P Hazards Reminder
MS-WORD Hand P Wash Reminder
MS-WORD Hand Wash Reminder
MS-WORD Head Controls Reminder
MS-WORD Head Hazards Reminder
MS-WORD Head Inspecting Reminder
MS-WORD Head P Controls Reminder
MS-WORD Head P Hazards Reminder
MS-WORD Head P Inspect Reminder
MS-WORD Head P Types Reminder
MS-WORD Head Types Reminder
MS-WORD Hearing Hazards Reminder
MS-WORD Hearing P Hazards Reminder
MS-WORD Hearing P Types Reminder
MS-WORD Hearing Types Reminder
MS-WORD Respirators 1 Reminder
MS-WORD Respirators Cleaning Reminder
MS-WORD Respirators Fit Check Reminder
MS-WORD Respirators Hazards Reminder
MS-WORD Respirators Operations Reminder
MS-WORD Respirators P Cleaning Reminder
MS-WORD Respirators P Fitcheck Reminder
MS-WORD Respirators P Hazards Reminder
MS-WORD Respirators P Operations Reminder
MS-WORD Respirators P Pre Use Reminder
MS-WORD Respirators Pre Use Reminder
MS-WORD Respirators Precautions Reminder
MS-WORD Eye Safety Session
MS-WORD 2 Minute Safety Footwear Safety
MS-WORD 2brief Eye Safety
MS-WORD 2brief Glove Selection
MS-WORD 2brief Hand Protect Machine
MS-WORD 2brief PPE Sel 11 15 99
MS-WORD 3brief Housekeeping
MS-WORD 3brief Respirators Filter Basics
MS-WORD PPE Chem Clothing Talk
OnLine Eye Protection
OnLine Hearing Conservation Construction
OnLine Hearing Conservation


MS-WORD Poster BBB Univeral
MS-WORD Poster Eye Sharp
MS-WORD Poster Fall
MS-WORD Poster Filter Resp
MS-WORD Poster PPE Daily
MS-WORD Poster PPE Space Suit
MS-WORD Poster PPE Ware 11 15 99
MS-WORD Poster Save Eyes
MS-WORD Poster Space PPE
Safety Comic Strip
MS-WORD Comic Archive Hearing Protection Conservation Safety Comic Strip
MS-WORD Comic Archive PPE Eye Injury Safety Comic Strip
MS-WORD Comic Archive PPE Foot Safety Safety Comic Strip
MS-WORD Comic Archive Respirator Safety Comic Strip



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