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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is protective gear designed to reduce or eliminate potential injuries to a worker. PPE falls into two categories:

  1. General PPE which all persons on site must wear (i.e., hard hats, steel toed boots, gloves, eye protection, protective clothing)
  2. Specialized PPE which must be worn to protect against certain types of hazards (i.e., fall protection equipment, respirators, face shields, fireproof clothing)

Employers are responsible for providing their employees with the appropriate PPE, and for ensuring that it is used correctly. This may include providing training on how to properly use and maintain PPE, as well as ensuring that PPE is regularly inspected and replaced when necessary.

PPE is considered the last line of defense. Despite all efforts to control the risks, there are still hazards in the workplace and PPE is needed to protect you from harm.

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