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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.
Oregon OSHA’s quick guide to the PPE hazard assessment
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