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PPE - General
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This topic covers OSHA’s requirements for the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), which is special clothing and equipment designed to reduce employee exposure to various hazards. Categories of PPE include Head Protection, Eye and Face Protection, Hand Protection, Foot Protection, Respiratory Protection, and Hearing Protection.

All employers are required to analyze their workers’ hazard exposure and determine whether PPE is necessary. There are also specific OSHA exposure thresholds (e.g., for air contaminants) that necessitate the use of specific types of PPE.

For related resources and training materials, refer to the following topics:

  • HAZWOPER for information on PPE specific to hazardous waste sites and emergency response
  • PPE (Construction) for information on specific PPE requirements for construction workplaces

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Talks Why All This Equipment? (Word)  National
Directives 10/30/1978 - PRO 4.3 - Procurement of Safety Glasses and Safety Shoes 07/09/2003National
Violations 2009 Violation Summary for Personal Protective Equipment  National
Violations 2011 Violation Summary for Personal Protective Equipment - General Industry  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.132 General requirements  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.137 Electrical protective devices  National
Proposed Rules 29 CFR 1910 - Walking and Working Surfaces; Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems); Proposed Rule 05/02/2003National
Notices 29 CFR 1910, 1915, 1917, 1918 and 1926 - Employer Payment for Personal Protective Equipment 07/08/2004National
Final Rules 29 CFR 1910, 1915, 1917, 1918, and 1926 - Clarification of Employer Duty to Provide Personal Protective Equipment and Train Each Employee 12/12/2008National
Final Rules 29 CFR 1910, 1915, 1917, 1918, and 1926 - Clarification of Employer Duty to Provide Personal Protective Equipment and Train Each Employee 01/09/2009National
Proposed Rules 29 CFR 1910, 1915, 1917, 1918, and 1926 - Clarification of Remedy for Violation of Requirements to Provide Personal Protective Equipment and Train Employees 08/19/2008National
Proposed Rules 29 CFR 1910, 1915, 1917, 1918, and 1926 - Clarification of Remedy for Violation of Requirements To Provide Personal Protective Equipment and Train Employees 09/18/2008National
Final Rules 29 CFR 1910, 1915, 1917, 1918, and 1926 - Employer Payment for Personal Protective Equipment 11/15/2007National
Proposed Rules 29 CFR 1910, 1915, 1917, and 1918 - Updating OSHA Standards Based on National Consensus Standards; Personal Protective Equipment 05/17/2007National
Final Rules 29 CFR 1910, 1915, 1917, and 1918 - Updating OSHA Standards Based on National Consensus Standards; Personal Protective Equipment 09/09/2009National
Proposed Rules 29 CFR 1910, 1915, 1917, and 1918 - Updating OSHA Standards Based on National Consensus Standards; Personal Protective Equipment; Notice of Informal Public Hearing 08/31/2007National
Directives 29 CFR Part 1910, Subpart I, Enforcement Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment in General Industry - CPL 02-01-050 02/10/2011National
Proposed Rules 40 CFR 211 - Product Noise Labeling; Hearing Protection Devices 08/21/2009National
Interpretations Alternatives to latex or vinyl be used for protective gloves to comply with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard. 11/13/1997National
Interpretations Application of glove monitoring devices to aid in the detection of gloves that fail during medical procedures. 10/28/1997National
Interpretations Appropriate protective clothing for aircraft firefighting. 04/03/1997National
Interpretations Appropriate quality standards for PPE. [1910.1030] 07/01/1994National
Clip Art Apron (JPG)  National
Questions & Answers Are there any 1910 standards that cover "working over water"? Specifically, flotation devices, ring buoys, etc... Situation: Sewage treatment workers are over water,have ring buoy, but often work alone. Are life jackets required? Any expiration on buo 09/05/2012National
Questions & Answers Are there temperature limitations for factory workers when the plant reaches a certain temperature that they can not work in? 06/08/2011National
Guidance Documents Assessing the Need for Personal Protective Equipment: A Guide for Small Business Employers  National
Clip Art Boot (JPG)  National
Questions & Answers Can employees be charged for losing PPE? 06/05/2012National
Questions & Answers Can employees wear shorts in the workplace? 10/14/2009National
Questions & Answers Can fire and rescue personnel wear shorts while on duty? 04/26/2013National
Questions & Answers Can we ask probationary employees to pay for gloves to protect against cuts and abrasions? 06/05/2009National
Questions & Answers City employees need to access a confined space in a pedestrian bridge to work on an electrical conduit. Pigeons have gotten into this space leaving feces and other debris. What personnel protective equipment should these employees be provided? 02/09/2010National
Interpretations Clarification of OSHA's position on FR Clothing for welders.[1910.252; 1910.252(b)(3); 1910.132] 01/12/2012National
Interpretations Clarification of PPE requirements for phlebotomists performing venipunctures in hospital setting and/or rural outpatient clinics. 10/26/2007National
Training Tips Corrosives and correct PPE protection  National
Interpretations Detachable vs. permanent side shields for safety glasses; modifications to safety glasses. 01/29/2007National
Questions & Answers Does OSHA specify the frequency of replacement of PPE, especially hard hats? 03/28/2011National
Handouts Dress to Protect Yourself (PDF)  National
Questions & Answers During the cold weather (-30 below windchill), we have individuals that need to run forklifts outside. Obviously, they need better clothing for these type of temperatures. Are we required to pay for this type of clothing? 02/03/2011National
Clip Art Dust Mask (JPG)  National
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