Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Protect the Worker with PPE

  • PPE is the last line of defense and least effective method of control against a hazard and does NOT take the place of engineering or administrative controls.
  • Effective use of PPE relies on the user.
  • Only used until better controls can be identified and implemented.
  • Selection of PPE depends on the potential risk of exposure to a hazard.

Examples of PPE by body areas include:

    • Eyes (e.g., safety glasses, goggles, laser protective eyewear)
    • Face (e.g., face shield)
    • Hands (e.g., exam gloves, chemotherapy gloves)
    • Feet (e.g., shoe coverings)
    • Torso/body (e.g., fluid resistant gowns, impervious splash suit, laser protective clothing)
    • Lungs/respiratory tract (e.g., N95 filtering facepiece respirator, elastomeric half-mask respirator, powered air- purifying respirator (PAPR), surgical mask) and protective shields and barriers
Page last reviewed: April 28, 2022