Guide to Personal Protective Equipment

If you are looking for a guide to PPE then the first thing you should know is what is not included in the list of PPE. Here is a list of things that are not used as PPE.

  • Uniforms that are not used for protective purposes.
  • Bicycle or motorcycle helmets
  • Self-defense weapons
  • Transportable devices used for the detection of hazards

PPE is the last line of defense against hazardous conditions. It protects the users from harm that may occur from contact with electrical, physical or chemical threats.

Types of Personal Protective equipment

There are five primary categories in which the PPE are divided into, these include head, ears, eyes, hands, and feet.

Head

This includes hard hats which provide protection against hard blows and even electrical shocks.

Ears

Earplugs are used to protect ears from loud and noisy places. If you work in a place that emits more than 80 decibels then you definitely need to use PPE for your ears.

Eyes

For eye protection safety goggles and glasses are used that protect your eyes from dust, dirt, and chemicals. These goggles and glasses can be customized so that they can be easily worn over correction glasses.

Hands

Chemical, abrasion, thermal and cut resistant gloves are included in hand protective gear. However, it may cause allergic reactions to some people so be careful while using these or instead of protecting yourself you might end up with rashes or swelling in your hands.

Feet

PPE boot and shoes provide anti-slip characteristics along with protection from sharp, rolling and falling objects. They can also protect you from strains and sprains that result from rolled ankles.

PPE should only be used if they are satisfactorily fulfilling the requirements. The comfort and requirements of the user should be taken into account and should be sufficient for reducing risk without increasing the overall risk factor.