Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Collection of PPE including a hard hat, goggles, gloves and a face mask. Stock photo licensed from Thinkstock.com.
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An employer must provide PPE at no cost to employees.

Every day, workers in most industries are exposed to hazards that can lead to serious and costly injuries such as broken bones, bruises, severe cuts, burns, permanent disability, and even death.

Personal protective equipment is worn to protect the eyes, face, head, body, arms, hands, legs, and feet from hazards.  Examples of PPE include the following:

  • Hardhats.
  • Eye protection and face shields.
  • Fall protection systems.
  • Respirators.
  • Hearing protection.
  • Protective gloves.
  • High-visibility vests and ballistic vests.
  • Chaps.
  • Steel-toe shoes and safey boots.

Employers must conduct a PPE assessment to identify hazards, determine if PPE is necessary, and provide training to ensure correct use and maintenance, which should be addressed in an effective Accident Prevention Program.

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