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What Is The Role Of Personal Protective Equipment?
Jul 04, 2017

What is the role of personal protective equipment (PPE)?

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First of all, what's the PPE? The personal protective equipment include safety glasses

safety caps, safety gloves, safety shoes, etc.. With the development of the world, more and 

more construction are needed. So hazards exist in every workplace so strategies to protect 

workers are essential. The priority should be the elimination and control of hazards at 

their source or along the path between the source and the worker. Many methods are 

available, and those most appropriate to the specific situation should be used.

Controlling a hazard at its source should be the first choice because this method will 

eliminate it from the workplace altogether or isolate it from the worker. This approach may 

require substitution of a material with nonhazardous ones, isolation of hazards, addition of 

safety features to existing equipment, redesign of the work processes, or purchase of new 

equipment. When the hazard cannot be removed or controlled adequately, Personal Protective 

Equipment (PPE) may be used if the work process is to continue.

PPE should be considered as the last level of protection when all other methods are not 

available or possible. See the OSH Answers document Hazard Control for information on a 

hazard control program.

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