Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is the gear that your workers need to help protect them from specific hazards in your workplace. PPE can include hard hats, safety glasses, respiratory protection, hearing protection, fall protection, gloves, safety glasses, and safety boots.

If you have reviewed the risks in your workplace and determined that other measures may be ineffectual or impractical to control certain hazards, PPE may be required. PPE can be used on its own, or in addition to other risk mitigation activities.

It is important to include a PPE program as part of your occupational health and safety program. This program should include:

  • Risk assessment and recommendation of controls
  • Education and training of workers on the appropriate use of PPE
  • Selection, use, maintenance, and storage of PPE.