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Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is used to assure an employee is adequately protected from hazards associated with the work they are doing.

While Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides detailed regulations regarding the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), the following information outlined by EHS is meant to help MIT employees understand the requirements and how to select the right equipment depending on the task or work area.

Assessing Your Equipment Needs

To determine your PPE needs, OSHA regulations require a written hazard assessment identifying the specific hazards of concern either by work area, job, or task.  Employees should use the PPE Hazard Assessment Form when conducting a hazard assessment.

All employees who use PPE must be provided job specific training by their supervisor or area safety representatives about:

  • Hazards
  • Protective equipment to be used
  • Correct use and care of the PPE
  • Limitations of the equipment

Using and Caring for Your Equipment

Once appropriate equipment is determined, be sure it fits properly and you are trained on how to use and maintain your equipment by your supervisor or area safety representatives.

After use, reusable equipment should be cleaned with soap and water, dried, and stored in a manner that will keep it clean when not in use; disposable equipment should not be reused.

Understanding the Limitations

All protective equipment has limitations in terms of what they do and do not protect against and must be taken into consideration during the hazard assessment process. Be sure to review any information related to the limitations of the specific equipment you are using.

Types of Personal Protective Equipment

While Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides detailed regulations regarding the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), the following information outlined by EHS is meant to help MIT employees understand the requirements and how to select the right equipment depending on the task or work area.

Assessing Your Equipment Needs

To determine your PPE needs, OSHA regulations require a written hazard assessment identifying the specific hazards of concern either by work area, job, or task.  Employees should use the PPE Hazard Assessment Form when conducting a hazard assessment.

All employees who use PPE must be provided job specific training by their supervisor or area safety representatives about:

  • Hazards
  • Protective equipment to be used
  • Correct use and care of the PPE
  • Limitations of the equipment

Using and Caring for Your Equipment

Once appropriate equipment is determined, be sure it fits properly and you are trained on how to use and maintain your equipment by your supervisor or area safety representatives.

After use, reusable equipment should be cleaned with soap and water, dried, and stored in a manner that will keep it clean when not in use; disposable equipment should not be reused.

Understanding the Limitations

All protective equipment has limitations in terms of what they do and do not protect against and must be taken into consideration during the hazard assessment process. Be sure to review any information related to the limitations of the specific equipment you are using.

Types of Personal Protective Equipment