Personal Protective Equipment
Personal protective equipment (PPE) refers to apparel that is designed to create a protective barrier against workplace hazards. Examples of PPE are gloves, gowns, lab coats, safety glasses, etc. While PPE is an important aspect of workplace safety, it should not be used as a substitute for engineering, work practice, and/or administrative controls. PPE should be used in conjunction with these controls. Defective or damaged PPE shall not be used.
OSHP PPE Resources
PPE Selection and Use
For Current Employees or Students:
For New Employees or Students:
Clinical managers are responsible for determining the PPE required based on the hazards present or potentially present. Please consult the following resources to provide appropriate personal protection.
Research, Diagnostic, Teaching Laboratories
Principal Investigators and laboratory managers are responsible for determining and providing the PPE required based on the hazards present or potentially present. Please consult the following resources to provide appropriate personal protection.
*Engineering and Facilities, Grounds Maintenance, Housekeeping, Environmental services*
Supervisors of an area should perform a visual assessment of work areas and observe the workflow of tasks to identify potential hazards in their work areas. Supervisors working in the university and/or hospital should review their PPE policies (see below). Provide proper safety training and updates to all workers. Please find resources below for PPE-specific guidance.
University Engineering and Facilities Policy #119.00: Personal Safety Items and Safe Working Habits
Hospital Procedure 54: Employee Safety and Personal Protective Equipment