Monday, July 13, 2015

What is PPE? - Personal Protective Equipment Definition & List

What is Personal Protective Equipment?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) refers to clothing or equipment designed to protect the wearer from injury or infection by minimizing exposure to potentially hazardous workplace conditions. There are many different types of PPE available to protect against a wide range of workplace hazards and includes items such as gloves, hard hats, safety vests, respirators and masks, safety shoes, coveralls and high-visibility clothing.

Depending on the type of work and work setting, injury or illnesses may result from exposure to:

  • Chemicals
  • Radiation
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Extreme Hot or Cold Temperatures
  • Bodily Fluids (Bacteria, Viruses)

PPE is the first line of defense against workplace injury, but in order to ensure the utmost level of effectiveness, there are several things that need to be taken into consideration and practiced regularly.

All personal protective equipment should:

  • Be maintained for cleanliness and reliability
  • Be made with quality materials and sound construction
  • Fit properly and comfortably

Employers must provide their workers with the required PPE and ensure its proper use through initial and on-going employee training and the implementation of a PPE program.

Types of Personal Protective Equipment

Eye and Face Protection
Potential Hazards: chemical splash, dust, projectiles, gas and vapor, radiation, bodily fluids
PPE Options: safety glasses, safety goggles, face masks, full face shields, eye shields, visors

Eye Protection
Face Protection

Head and Neck Protection
Potential Hazards: impact from falling or flying objects, risk of bumping head, hair getting tangled in machinery, chemical drips or splash, climate or extreme temperatures
PPE Options: safety helmets, hairnets, high-visibility hot and cold weather hats, bouffant caps, disposable hood covers, high-visibility hard hats, fire retardant beanie hats, high-visibility head wraps, cooling neck shields

Head and Neck Protection

Hand and Arm Protection
Potential Hazards: abrasion, exposure to extreme temperatures, cuts, punctures, chemicals, electric shock, biological agents, vibration
PPE Options: medical exam gloves, cold weather insulated gloves, coated chemical handling gloves, high-visibility gloves, gloves with a cuff, arm sleeves/arm-length disposable gloves, anti-vibration gloves, Kevlar gloves/sleeves, high-temperature gloves, cotton knit gloves

Hand Protection
Arm Protection

Foot Protection
Potential Hazards: cuts and punctures, slipping, falling objects, chemical splash, vehicles, extreme hot, cold and wet conditions
PPE Options: rubber work boots, steel toe boots, insulated boots, boot covers, traction spikes, rubber overshoes, feet warmers

Foot Protection

Full Body Protection
Potential Hazards: extreme temperatures (hot and cold), fire, chemical or metal splash, impact or crushing due to poor visibility
PPE Options: conventional or disposable coveralls, flame-retardant suits, chemical suits, full-body protective suits, aprons, high-visibility cold weather clothing, high-visibility hot weather clothing, safety reflective wear

High-Visibility Wear
Protective Coveralls

Respiratory Protection
Potential Hazards: dust, particles, chemical gases and vapors, oxygen-deficient working conditions
PPE Options: particulate respirators, full and half face masks

Masks and Respirators

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