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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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Scope of Oregon OSHA COVID-19 Activity Q&A
For Construction Contractors
Oregon Guidance for Healthcare Personnel on Use of Personal Protective Equipment in Resource-Constrained Settings - OHA
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Resources - State and National
Enforcement Guidance for Respiratory Protection and the N95 Shortage Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic - OSHA
Temporary Guidance for Fit Testing - OSHA
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 - OSHA
Oregon OSHA’s quick guide to the PPE hazard assessment
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