Personal protective equipment (PPE) protects the wearer from injury or illness. It includes items such as hardhats, protective clothing, gloves, face shields, eye protection, and footwear. PPE protects the wearer from injury or illness. PPE should only be used where other controls are not available or adequate, as a short-term measure, during activities where other controls are not practical or effective, and during emergencies. PPE is the least effective way to protect workers because it does not eliminate or reduce the hazard. When using PPE, it is essential to have a complete PPE program in place. Join in our discussion of employer and worker responsibilities when using PPE.
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