Personal protective equipment (PPE) refers to clothing and other equipment designed to protect individuals from hazards that may cause injury or illness in the workplace or in other settings. PPE is used in a variety of industries and occupations, including healthcare, construction, manufacturing, and emergency response.
Examples of PPE include gloves, masks, goggles, face shields, respirators, aprons, and coveralls. These items are designed to protect against different types of hazards, such as chemicals, biological agents, radiation, and physical hazards like cuts, burns, and impact.
The selection and use of PPE is based on a risk assessment of the hazards present in the workplace or environment. The employer or supervisor is responsible for providing appropriate PPE to workers and ensuring that it is used correctly. It is also the responsibility of the user to use PPE correctly, maintain and inspect it regularly, and report any defects or problems to the employer.
Proper use of PPE can help prevent injuries and illnesses in the workplace or in other settings. However, it is important to remember that PPE is only one component of a comprehensive safety program. Other measures such as engineering controls, administrative controls, and training should also be implemented to minimize hazards and promote a safe working environment.