PPE Questions and Answers

Personal Protective Equipment is crucial to keeping employees safe in the workplace. These items are garments designed to protect the worker from hazards and risks present in a facility. OSHA requires employers to purchase and provide properly fitting PPE at no charge to workers as it is their responsibility to keep employees safe on the job. Whether your workplace handles dangerous chemicals or has hazardous equipment on site, it is important to identify areas or tasks that will require an employee to wear PPE.

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Regulations and understanding different types of PPE can be confusing. Different environments have different standards and staying compliant can be tricky. Below we answer some of the most commonly asked questions regarding PPE. Some of the topics that we will go over include:

  • The different types of PPE: There are all kinds of hazardous environments out there that require different types and levels of protection. You wouldn’t go into an area that has a high risk of an arc flash occurring with a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). Instead, you would go in with the right PPE for the specific arc flash category the environment is rated for. We will go into depth about the different kinds of PPE available for various industries.
  • When PPE should be worn: sometimes it is unclear when PPE should be worn by an employee. This can easily be remedied by looking into the regulations that OSHA and other standard setting organizations have put forth. It is also the responsibility of the employer to let the employees know when PPE is appropriate.
  • PPE maintenance and care: Here we will discuss how to take care of your PPE to make sure it not only lasts a long time, but to also ensure that it is working at maximum efficiency to protect employees.

We are here to help answer all your PPE questions within this Q&A section. Your safety is our utmost priority!

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