Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as PPE, is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses. These injuries and 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 and shoes, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, or coveralls, vests and full body suits. All personal protective equipment should be safely designed, constructed, and maintained in a clean and reliable fashion. It should fit comfortably to encourage worker use. If the personal protective equipment does not fit properly, it can make the difference between being safely covered or dangerously exposed. If PPE is to 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, and monitoring of the program to ensure its on-going effectiveness.After successful completion of this course, employees that are required to use personal protective equipment will understand the following:
• How to define PPE• When it is necessary• What kind is necessary• How to properly put it on, adjust, wear and take it off• The limitations of the equipment• Proper care, maintenance, useful life, and disposal of the equipment• And more!