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Personal Protective Clothing

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Personal protective clothing is designed to keep the wearer safe from the many unpredictable dangers of the workplace. It is often required by law, and depending on the job, can consist of as much as a full body suit or as little as a pair of gloves. Personal protective clothing, also called Personal Protective Equipment, is available from a variety of manufacturers and can protect you from many occupational hazards.

The most common forms of PPE are everyday household safety items such as safety glasses and protective gloves. These simple items serve an important purpose both in the workplace and at home. The same gloves that protect your hands from garden scratches can also protect them from more serious abrasions on a construction site.

High-risk applications usually require a little more than protective leather or cotton gloves. Natural rubber latex, nitrile, or butyl gloves can protect from chemical splashes or spills, as well as from some, cuts and scratches. Other heavy-duty personal protective clothing includes facemasks, coveralls, heavy, chemical resistant boots, and high-attenuation earplugs.

Assessing Your Need for Personal Protective Clothing

By hiring an OSHT (Occupational Safety and Health Technician), you can accurately assess the dangers of your workplace. OHSTs can also recommend products based on their assessment, and all of which should be approved for commercial or industrial use by OSHA or ANSI. Once the dangers are assessed and the safety equipment is acquired, the OSHT or your local OSHA office can help you become familiar with proper equipment use and safety precautions.


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