OSHA's Guide to Personal Protective Equipment

Use this OSHA guide to understand the different types of PPE, selecting the appropriate type for the job and understanding the proper training needed for PPE

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