Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE," is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious construction workplace injuries. These injuries may result when construction workers come into contact with physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. PPE, which must be provided by the employer depending upon the type of construction work and hazard(s) employees are exposed to, includes body, eye, face, hand, arm, face, foot, and head protection. Common PPE includes items such as gloves, safety glasses, shoes, earplugs, hard hats, respirators, coveralls, vests, and full body suits.

Body Protection

Construction employees who face possible bodily injury must wear appropriate PPE, in the form of body protection, while performing their jobs. The following are examples of construction workplace hazards that could cause bodily injury requiring body protection:

  • Temperature extremes;
  • Potential impacts from tools, machinery, and materials (flying debris that can injure a worker on any part of his or her body); and
  • Working with hazardous chemicals.

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