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

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

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

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

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