PPE-Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is protective clothing, helmets, glasses, gloves, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer's body from injury and hazards. The hazards addressed by protective equipment include physical, electrical, heat & cold stress, chemicals, biohazards, and airborne particulate matter.

According to OSHA, to ensure the greatest possible protection for employees in the workplace, the cooperative efforts of both employers and employees will help in establishing and maintaining a safe and healthful work environment.

In general, employers are responsible for:

  • Performing a “hazard assessment” of the workplace to identify and control physical and health hazards
  • Identifying and providing appropriate personal protective equipment for employees
  • Provide training to employees in the use and care of the personal protective equipment
  • Maintenance of personal protective equipment, including replacing worn or damaged equipment
  • Periodically reviewing, updating and evaluating the effectiveness of the PPE program 

In general, all employees should:

  • Always properly wear personal protective equipment
  • Attend training sessions on personal protective equipment when available
  • Care for, clean and maintain personal protective equipment
  • Inform a supervisor of the need to repair or replace their personal protective equipment

Performing a “hazard assessment” is the first step in developing a complete and comprehensive PPE program. This begins with a call to the Ebbert Company to evaluate your worksite and bring the right products and training to your workers. Types of hazards include:

  • Impact
  • Penetration
  • Chemical
  • Objects at Heights
  • Visibility
  • Heat/Cold
  • Harmful dust (Silica)
  • Sources of Electricity
  • Compression (roll-over)