Personal Protective Equipment


Protective equipment, including personal protective equipment for eyes, face, head, and extremities, protective clothing, respiratory devices, and protective shields and barriers, need to be provided, used, and maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition wherever it is necessary by reason of hazards of processes or environment, chemical hazards, radiological hazards, or mechanical irritants encountered in a manner capable of causing injury or impairment in the function of any part of the body through absorption, inhalation or physical contact.

Each department needs to assess shop areas in the workplace to determine what hazards are present, or are likely to be present, that necessitate the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

The Training & Compliance Office in UVM’s Physical Plant Department has developed some excellent tools that can guide efforts in any shop environment to ensure that a safe & healthy working & learning environment is created and underpinned by compliance. For more information on addressing personal protective equipment requirements in your department’s shop area, explore the links below:

PPE Requirements Overview and PPE Written Program Example