Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses. These injuries and illnesses may result from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Personal protective equipment may include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, or coveralls, vests and full body suits.

Because not all hazardous can be engineered out in all situations, personal protective equipment is a necessary component of maintenance, laboratory and shop safety, along with engineering controls, such as ventilation and documented safe work practices.

The resources below are available to be used for training, reference, or integrated into departmental safety program documents.

EHS can assist in the selection and evaluation of the appropriate PPE for campus departments, however it is the responsibilty of each department to purchase and stock the protective equipment needed for thier personnel.

If you have questions regarding general safety, please contact Melonee Cruse at 805-756-6664 or email at