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Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is used whenever engineering or administrative controls are not feasible or do not safely protect workers from hazards associated with processes in the workplace environment, chemical hazards, radiological hazards, or mechanical irritants by providing personal protective equipment for eyes, face, head, and extremities. PPE includes safety glasses, chemical splash goggles, respirators, gloves, lab coats, safety shoes, hard hats, disposable or cloth overalls, and other protective equipment. It is important that that protective clothing, respiratory devices, protective shields, and barriers are used and maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition. Under no circumstances, shall personal protective equipment devices alone be relied upon to protect against hazards; but, should be used in conjunction with equipment guards, engineering controls, and sound work practices.

PPE should be chosen specific to the hazard and work performed. Some types of PPE (i.e. respirators) require a medical examination and fit test prior to use. Please refer to Respiratory Protection section for additional information.

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