protective equipment (PPE) is used whenever engineering
or administrative controls are not feasible or
do not adequately protect workers from hazards.
PPE includes safety glasses, chemical splash goggles,
gloves, lab coats, hard hats, safety shoes, respirators,
disposable or cloth overalls and other protective
gear. REHS assists departments in evaluating work
tasks that require PPE, providing appropriate
selection criteria, and offering training.
is essential to choose PPE that is specific to
the hazard and type of work to be performed. PPE
must be compatible with chemical hazards, provide
proper dexterity, limit eyesight interference,
fit properly, and be comfortable (and stylish).
If these factors are not considered, the likelihood
of consistent PPE use is diminished.
types of PPE (i.e. respirators) require a medical
exam and fit test prior to use. Please refer to
Protection section for further information.