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Personal protective equipment protects workers from hazards such as chemicals, electricity, fumes, sharp objects, and noise. Personal protective equipment - usually called PPE - includes items such as goggles, coveralls, gloves, vests, earplugs, respirators, and personal fall-arrest gear. PPE, when used properly, protects against hazards, but does not eliminate them.

If you are a general industry, construction, or agricultural employer, you must do a hazard assessment to determine if your workplace has hazards that you cannot eliminate or control without PPE. A hazard assessment is an evaluation of your workplace that helps you determine what hazards your employees are exposed to and what PPE they need to protect themselves.

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  • Hearing Conservation for At-Risk Workers grant project video
    Geared especially to construction and trades workers who may already have some hearing loss, this comprehensive training package covers: The nature of sound and how the ear processes sound; the causes and types of hearing loss; the importance of identifying noise hazards; and the use of the proper hearing protection for the work setting.
    English 15:16 minutes  
  • Respirator Safety
    When you must wear a respirator to protect yourself against airborne contaminants in your workplace, it is very important to follow proper procedures for putting it on and taking it off.
    English 9:16 minutes  
  • To The Point About Personal Protective Equipment (ERI)
    When our body parts are exposed to certain hazards there is a potential for bodily harm to occur. Properly selecting and wearing personal protective equipment can reduce or eliminate this exposure, prevent injuries and save lives.
    English 13 minutes  
  • Al Punto Sobre Equipo De Protección Personal (ERI)
    To The Point About Personal Protective Equipment (ERI)
    When our body parts are exposed to certain hazards there is a potential for bodily harm to occur. Properly selecting and wearing personal protective equipment can reduce or eliminate this exposure, prevent injuries and save lives.
    Spanish 13 minutes  

Additional Resources

Technical Manual, Section VII: Protective Equipment,

 

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