Classification Of Personal Protective Equipment PPE

What Does Full PPE Mean?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) means that “Specialized article of clothing or instrumentation worn by an individual for defense against infectious materials”.


Classification Of Personal Protective Equipment PPE


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is clothing that protects the eyes, head, ears, hands, respiratory system, torso, and feet. It is used to protect people from damage and infection while also limiting their exposure to chemical, biological, and physical threats.


At a minimum personnel must wear basic PPE which includes:

    • Work Clothing,
    • Head Protection,
    • Eye and Face Protection,
    • Foot Protection,
    • Hearing Protection


Classification of Personal Protective Equipment PPE

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Depending on the hazards of the space and the work activities one should select the safety equipment:

  • Eye and Face Protection
  • Head Protection
  • Hand Protection
  • Foot Protection
  • Body Protection


Eye and Face Protection

  • Flying particles
  • Liquid chemicals
  • Acids or caustic liquids
  • Chemical vapors or gases
  • Welding
  • Light radiation (from welding or lasers)


ANSI (American National Standards Institute) Z87 specifications:

  • Safety Glasses
  • Full Face Shield
  • Safety Goggles
  • Welding Helmets


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Head Protection

  • Falling objects
  • Exposed electrical conductors
  • Low-hanging
  • Obstructions


Head Protection Care

  1. Inspect your hard hats regularly for any signs of deterioration.
  2. You should get a new hard hat at least every two years.
  3. Head protection must comply with the ANSI Z89 standard.


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Hand Protection

  • Skin absorption of harmful substances
  • Severe cuts
  • Severe abrasions
  • Penetrate
  • Chemical burns
  • Thermal burns


Selecting Hand Protection

  • Chemical-resistant gloves
  • Cut-resistant gloves
  • Leather work gloves
  • Extreme temperature gloves
  • Electrical work gloves


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Foot Protection

  • Falling, rolling or sharp objects
  • Electrical hazards
  • Slippery walking surfaces
  • Hazardous materials


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Hearing Protective PPE

▪ Ear Muffs

▪ Ear Bands

▪ Ear Plugs


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Confined Spaces Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

It is not always possible to eliminate all the risks in confined spaces. That is why it is advisable to use PPE. The standard equipment for confined spaces consists of overall, gloves, safety glasses, a hard hat, and safety shoes or boots.


Depending on the nature of the work, this basic equipment can be supplemented with ear defenders or plugs and personal respiratory protection, when the concentration of dangerous substances is high.


Depending on the hazard of the space and the work activities one should select the correct safety equipment:

  1. Helmet
  2. Safety Goggles
  3. Radio
  4. Fire Extinguisher
  5. Ladder
  6. Body-harness
  7. Respiratory Mask
  8. Testing Equipment
  9. Retrieval device and Ventilation equipment


Chemical Safety Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  1. Protective Clothing
  2. Hand and Foot Protection
  3. Face and Eye Protection
  4. Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE)


Welding Safety Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  1. Fire and Flame Resistance Cloth
  2. Helmet
  3. Safety Glasses With Side Shield or Goggles
  4. Leather Boots
  5. Flame Resistance Gloves
  6. Ear Plugs or Ear Muffs

Noise Controls Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  1. Single-use Earplugs
  2. Band Type Hearing Protection
  3. Ear Canal Caps
  4. Earmuffs


Textile Industry Safety Equipment

Section-wise Personal Protective Equipment is as follows:

Sewing Section: Needle Guard, Eye Guard, Musk, Pulley cover, Scissor, Binder, Goggles, Head Scarf

Finishing Section: Rubber Mat, Mask, Apron

Cutting Section: Metal Gloves, Mask, Apron

Knitting Section: Ear Plug, Mask

Dyeing Section: Gum Boot, Goggles, Hand Gloves, Mask, Rubber Mat, Apron

Generator Room: Ear Muff

Boiler Room: Ear Muff, Ear Plug

Spinning Mills: Mask, Apron, Ear Plug, Ear Muff, etc


How To Motivate Workers To Wear PPE To Ensure Workplace Safety?

Here are 6 effective ways to motivate workers to wear their PPE:

  1. Lead by action
  2. Educate employees on the importance of PPE
  3. Keep open communication
  4. Enforce policies
  5. Take Employee input
  6. Recognition with rewards


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