Who should read this
will this guide help protect my employees?
personal protective equipment?
What is a PPE program?
do I develop a PPE program for my company?
The Need for PPE
Who must provide PPE?
How do I identify
potential hazards in my workplace?
identified potential hazards. Now what?
engineering and work practice controls are in place, but my employees are still exposed to
potential hazards. Is now the time to provide PPE?
do I get started assessing my workplace operations for PPE needs?
Eye and Face Protection
must I provide eye protection for employees?
How do I
select the proper protective eyewear for employees?
employees wear eyeglasses with prescription lenses, may I consider these eye protection?
kind of eye and face protectors are there? What are they for?
face shields protect employees instead of goggles or protective spectacles?
do I choose the correct eye protection from among all the different types?
do lenses on welding helmets and goggles need to be?
How do I
protect employees from exposure to laser beams?
can I be sure that laser safety goggles provide enough protection?
Once I have
selected the appropriate protective eye equipment, how do I make sure employees use it
My workplace gets
pretty dirty. How will my employees keep their protective eyewear clean and effective?
My employees work in
shifts. Could I provide one pair of protective eyewear for each position instead of each
do my employees need head protection?
should I look for in head protection?
types of head protection are available?
do I choose the correct protective helmets from among the different types?
I have purchased
new hard hats for my employees that meet the ANSI requirements. Have I fulfilled my responsibility to
protect my employees' heads?
employees wearing hard hats and working at elevations create a potential hazard for the
employees working below?
I require employees to cut their hair if it is long enough to get tangled in machinery?
Once I have selected
helmets to protect my employees' heads, how do I make sure they use them properly?
do I make sure that the hard hats I provide will be kept in good condition?
Foot and Leg
must I provide foot and leg protection?
What are the
types of protection and where do I use them?
should I look for when choosing safety shoes for my employees?
have selected equipment to protect my employees' feet and legs, how do I make sure they
use it properly?
Hand and Arm
must I provide hand and arm protection?
kind of equipment is necessary to protect hands and arms?
there one kind of glove that will protect against all workplace hazards?
kinds of protective gloves are available?
do I make sure my employees properly use the equipment I have selected?
I provide my employees with full body protection?
only part of the body faces potential injury, must I provide my employees with full body
material should protective clothing be made?
do I make sure employees properly use the body protection I provide?
When must I
provide hearing protection for my employees?
earplugs reduce employee exposure to high noise levels?
if my employees are exposed to different levels of noise throughout the day?
kinds of devices protect against high noise levels? Is cotton sufficient as earplugs?
I provide my employees with hearing protection, can they work in areas with any level of
noise for any period of time?
I have selected equipment to protect my employees' hearing, how do I make sure they use it
I have provided my employees with hearing protection and training in how to use it, how do
I know that it is really protecting their hearing?