Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Definition - What does Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) mean?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) refers to protective equipment made to reduce the exposure to serious workplace accidents. These accidents include chemical, radiological, electrical and other workstation injuries. The PPE has a group of a broad range of items consisting of safety glasses, gloves, shoes, muffs, vests and full body suits. When choosing the appropriate equipment, the buyer should make sure the product is CE marked as per the regulations of 2002 suppliers. Besides, one must check the weight and size as per the needs and requirements of the workers.

Petropedia explains Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The primary goal of using Personal Protective Equipment is to minimize the risk of workers' health. The equipment provides various items for dealing diverse purposes such as:

  • For eye protection, it has goggles or face shields.
  • For foot protection, it has shoes and boots.
  • For body protection, it has apron or high visibility clothing.

However, it is one of the least efficient ways and thus should be only considered when there are no other means left. Furthermore, before purchasing, one must attend training sessions that provide information about the care and maintenance measures taken for the equipment.

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