Office of Environmental Health and Safety

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Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is used to reduce injuries and illnesses caused by exposure to hazardous substances or conditions.

There are four ways by which hazardous materials can invade one’s body:

  • Inhalation
  • Skin absorption
  • Ingestion
  • Injection

These four ways of invasion are known as routes of entry. OSHA requires employers to assess the potential hazards associated with all substances in the work areas and provide engineering and administrative controls to reduce exposures to acceptable levels. It is the responsibility of the area supervisor to ensure that his/her employees be provided the equipment necessary to safely carry out procedures. The Safety Office will assist on the selection, purchase, maintenance and training of employees for the use of PPE.

Personal protective equipment commonly available in the stockroom

  • Disposable gloves
  • Disposable barrier gowns
  • Full face respirators (both small and medium-large).
  • Multi-Purpose/P100 filter cartridges.
  • Safety goggles
  • Shoe covers
  • Dust masks

Other protective equipment will be made available upon request.