Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Are Specialized clothing or equipment worn by employees for
protection against health and safety hazards. Personal protective equipment is designed to protect many
parts of the body, i.e., eyes, head, face, hands, feet, and ears.
Why is PPE important?
Making the workplace safe includes providing instructions, procedures, training and supervision to encourage
people to work safely and responsibly.
Even where engineering controls and safe systems of work have been applied, some hazards might remain.
These include injuries to:
the lungs, eg from breathing in contaminated air
the head and feet, eg from falling materials
the eyes, eg from flying particles or splashes of corrosive liquids
the skin, eg from contact with corrosive materials
the body, eg from extremes of heat or cold
PPE is needed in these cases to reduce the risk.
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