OSHA's Guide to Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to a variety of hazards.

This guide will help both employers and employees do the following:

  • Understand the types of PPE
  • Know the basics of conducting a "hazard assessment" of the workplace
  • Select appropriate PPE for a variety of circumstances
  • Understand what kind of training is needed in the proper use and care of PPE

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