Personal protective equipment (PPE) provides added individual protection against safety and health hazards.
In general, PPE are devices worn by workers to protect against hazards in the environment. Examples include safety glasses, face shields, respirators,
gloves, hard hats, steel-toed shoes, and hearing protection. The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
requires protective equipment to be provided, used, and maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition wherever it is necessary.
A serious aspect of working safely with hazardous materials is the proper selection and use of PPE. Performing work in practical comfort is important
but not as important as one’s individual safety. In order to select the appropriate PPE for the workplace, we recommend a hazard assessment is conducted.
The hazard assessment determines the potential danger associated with a task, machinery, or process. The appropriate PPE will then be determined.
PPE includes all clothing and accessories designed to protect against safety and health hazards.