What’s So Personal about Personal Protective Equipment?

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Imagine a personal ad that reads like this…

Looking for a long-term relationship. The longer we’re together, the more you will experience my finer qualities. I am loyal and I desire that in the one I am with. I value time spent together, not every minute of the day, just during those times when we are together. I am built for the long haul and put others first. If you take care of me, I will take care of you for no other reason than that is the way I am made. I treat everyone alike. If this all sounds good to you, give me a try, you have nothing to lose.

That’s the type of personal ad that PPE would write to you. Give me a try, get used to me, let’s be consistent in our time spent together and eventually you will value our relationship.

Personal Protective Equipment requires two things of you. It needs to be a good fit and you need to spend time with it.


Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as “PPE”, is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses. These injuries and illnesses may result from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Personal protective equipment may include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, or coveralls, vests and full body suits.

All personal protective equipment should be safely designed and constructed, and should be maintained in a clean and reliable fashion. It should fit comfortably, encouraging worker use. If the personal protective equipment does not fit properly, it can make the difference between being safely covered or dangerously exposed. When engineering, work practice, and administrative controls are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, employers must provide personal protective equipment to their workers and ensure its proper use. Employers are also required to train each worker required to use personal protective equipment to know:

  • When it is necessary
  • What kind is necessary
  • How to properly put it on, adjust, wear and take it off
  • The limitations of the equipment
  • Proper care, maintenance, useful life, and disposal of the equipment

If PPE is to be used, a PPE program should be implemented. Which is something a Certified Safety Professional and Consultant can help you with!

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