Personal Protective Equipment

Overview

Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards in the workplace.  Hazards in the workplace include: chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards.  PPE may include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, ear protection (plugs or muffs), hard hats, respirators, or body suits.  PPE must be considered the last line of defense and other hazard controls such as elimination, engineering or administrative controls must be considered prior to using PPE (see Hierarchy of Controls below).  The PPE program is designed to ensure employees receive the correct PPE and understand how to care for and use it.  

Written Program

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Program (482 kb, pdf)                                                

Training Requirements

All employees who are required to use PPE shall receive adequate and documented training. The training may be conducted during the annual Hazard Communications Training, Bloodborne Pathogens Training or on an individual or group basis. 

Resources

PPE Assessment Form (132 kb, word)

Flame Retardant Lab Coat Fact Sheet (2 mb, pdf)

PPE Assessment Instructions (566 kb, pdf)

FR Lab Coat Guidelines (133 kb, pdf)

Task Based PPE Assessments

FR Lab Coat Purchase Information (395 kb, pdf)
Laboratory PPE Certification (14 kb, word) Glove Compatibility Chart (248 kb, pdf)

Hierarchy of Controls (107 kb, pdf)\

Prescription Safety Glasses Program (124 kb, pdf)

Regulatory Requirements

OSHA Personal Protective Equipment 29CFR 1910.132