Personal protective equipment, commonly known as “PPE,” is equipment used to minimize exposure to a variety of hazards. Examples of PPE include items such as gloves, foot and eye protection, protective hearing devices (earplugs, cuffs), helmets, respirators, and full body suits. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a primary source of protection for emergency and recovery workers. Emergency response and recovery workers need to be protected from physical, chemical and biological hazards.
There are many different types of emergencies, such as floods, fires, diseases, and structural collapses. Routes of exposure include inhalation, dermal contact, ingestion, or contact through mucous membranes. Therefore, PPE often includes respirators, eye protection, hearing protection, and protective clothing. Depending on the hazard, recommendations regarding the use of PPE change.
Examples of PPE may include respirators, gloves, overalls, boots and goggles. Gloves are a type of PPE that protects the user's hands and wrists from any number of potentially harmful substances and materials. Employees should wear eye and mouth protection, such as goggles and masks, glasses with solid side shields, and masks or face shields when splashes, sprays, splashes, or drops of blood or OPIM pose a hazard to the eyes, nose, or mouth. However, higher-quality protective gowns are also manufactured and used for higher-risk situations, such as surgical or isolation practices.
PPE includes gloves, gowns, lab coats, face shields or masks, eye protection, resuscitation masks, and other protective equipment, such as hats and ankle boots. Personal protective clothing and equipment should be adequate for the level of protection needed for the expected exposure. OSHA's COVID-19 Safety and Health Topics page provides specific information on protecting workers from coronavirus during the ongoing outbreak. Personal protective equipment is used to protect the eyes, face, head, body, arms, hands, legs and feet from hazards.
Shoe covers cover shoes and protect them from the spread of infectious material through contact and droplet routes. Selecting a suitable respirator depends on the type of particle or chemical you are protecting from. The lesson described several different forms of PPE, each of which protects certain parts of the body. Whether you're a nurse cleaning a wound on your patient or a surgeon who needs to use a respirator to protect himself from tuberculosis, PPE is critically important to preserving health and preventing the spread of germs through physical contact, droplets, or airways.
Face shields, gloves, goggles and goggles, gowns, headcovers and shoe covers protect against germ transmission through contact and droplet routes. All personal protective equipment must be designed and built safely, and must be maintained in a clean and reliable manner. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to protect their employees from workplace hazards that can cause injury. Because of the liquid-retaining nature of human hair, headcovers help protect a person's hair from coming into contact with hair.
body fluids and other harmful substances.