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What is personal protective equipment?

Some workers in Connecticut encounter a fair amount of risk on a daily basis. In this case, personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential for mitigating hazards and ensuring all workers remain well protected throughout the day. To this end, it’s important for both workers as well as employers to be aware just what is comprised of PPE and the proper methods for encouraging compliance.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states the vital role PPE plays in many workplaces. Additionally, this organizations encourages employers to implement a program governing the proper use of PPE to ensure all workers remain in tune with how to stay protected from common hazards. PPE programs should make note of such hazards, how equipment is selected, how employees are trained in proper usage and list any monitoring steps that are utilized to check for compliance.

Employers are beholden by law to create a safe and secure workplace for all employees. That means making PPE readily accessible and not retaliating against workers who bring to light any potential safety issues on work sites. OSHA will even counsel employers on whether they are following all the proper steps, which can prevent both workplace incidents and legal reprisal.

In terms of what PPE actually protects against, there are a range of situations that can benefit from the use of PPE. This includes the threat of shock, mechanical hazards, dangerous chemicals and radiological substances. PPE can include a number of items, such as gloves, protective eyewear, hard hats, proper footwear and respirators. Additionally, essential PPE should be comfortable and easy to use, which will encourage worker compliance in all situations. 

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