Personal Protective Equipment

When selecting the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in your work area, first identify the type of hazards you’ll be working with.

  1. Are there chemical, biological, or radiological hazards present?
  2. Are there splash or vapor hazards?
  3. Are there unique PPE fit factors that need to be considered?
  4. Will you be working in a location that is very hot or very cold?
  5. Is there a need for impact protection or fall protection?

No particular type of personal protective equipment (PPE) is correct for every task; therefore, it is best to consult with experts. Use the NIOSH PPE selector to help determine what type of PPE you should use.