Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

​​Personal protective equipment (PPE) refers to protective clothing, gloves, glasses, goggles, hearing protection, and other garments or equipment designed to protect the worker from serious workplace injury and illness.

PPE also includes a unique class of personal equipment designed to protect the respiratory system: respiratory protective equipment, or RPE. PPE and RPE are intended to protect workers from chemical, physical, biological, electrical, mechanical, and heat hazards as well as airborne contaminants. 

PPE and RPE are typically worn in the workplace where other types of exposure controls (e.g., administrative and engineering controls) are not feasible or to augment controls to minimize exposures. PPE and RPE should be designed and constructed according to established standards and should be maintained in a clean and reliable fashion. 

The use of PPE and RPE should always be used under the guidance of a documented PPE or RPE program that addresses the workplace hazards; the selection, use, limitations, and maintenance of protective equipment; training; medical surveillance (as required); and ongoing program effectiveness.​​​​​

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