Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Program Overview

Protective equipment, including personal protective equipment (PPE) for eyes, face, head, and extremities, protective clothing, respiratory devices, and protective shields and barriers, must be provided, used, and maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition wherever it is necessary by reason of hazards of processes or environment, chemical hazards, radiological hazards, or mechanical irritants encountered in a manner capable of causing injury or impairment in the function of any part of the body through absorption, inhalation or physical contact.

OSHA's Personal Workplace hazard assessments are required to be completed by the OSHA Personal Protective Equipment Standard (29 CFR 1910.132). At Emory, EHSO offers assistance to departmental managers and supervisors in completing these hazard assessments.

To assist departments in their evaluations of workplace hazards, EHSO has developed a PPE Assessment Form. This form documents completion of assessments and can be used to instruct new employees of PPE needs. In addition to workplace hazard assessments, OSHA's PPE Standard requires the proper selection of PPE based on specific hazards and training for employees that must wear PPE. To comply with this regulation, EHSO has developed PPE guidelines and training governing the use of PPE at Emory University.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) includes, but is not limited to hard hats, safety glasses, goggles, welding helmets, face shields, safety shoes, aprons, gloves, protective clothing, ear muffs and ear plugs, and respirators.