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Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE)

Safety hazards are present in every workplace. To properly identify hazards and protect workers from them, a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) should be performed. A proper JHA involves reviewing each task performed to determine where hazards exist; providing recommendations for hazard elimination/protection; and identifying appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and training to inform employees of appropriate safety standards and precautions.

Administrative and/or engineering controls should be the first line of defense when protecting employees. PPE should be used when administrative and/or engineering controls are not sufficient to control exposure to the hazard(s).

Examples of recognized hazards include, but are not limited to, chemical exposures; radiological exposures; sharp objects; excessive noise; heavy objects; fall hazards; flying debris; overhead hazards; laser energy or other non-ionizing radiation; or any other hazard which may cause injury; illness; or impairment by inhalation, absorption, ingestion, injection or mechanical action.

The following PPE Selection Guides will help in the proper selection and use of PPE:

Body ProtectionEye Protection
Fall ProtectionFoot Protection
Hand ProtectionHead Protection
Hearing ProtectionRespiratory Protection

All employees shall use the appropriate PPE for their assigned job duties. For assistance in identifying PPE required, view a job classification below:

Administrative ProfessionalAir Quality Technician
Animal Care TechnicianAthletic Aide
Athletic TrainerBuilding Maintenance Worker
CarpenterConstruction Technician
CustodianDock Worker
ElectricianEngineer
Facility ManagerFaculty Member
GroundskeeperHuman Resources
Inventory ClerkLaboratory Teaching Assistant
Laboratory WorkerLocksmith
MasonMechanic
Metal WorkerNurse
Office WorkerPainter
PhysicianPlumber
Police Officer/First ResponderProject Manager
ResearcherRoofer
Steam Plant/Tunnel WorkerWelder
Zone Leader

Supervisors are responsible for developing specific Job Hazard Analyses for their employees. EHS can provide assistance developing specific Job Hazard Analyses, upon request, to ensure a safe workplace is provided.