Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment, commonly known as “PPE”, is used to protect the body from chemical, biological, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, and other hazards that students, faculty or staff may encounter in an academic or professional environment. PPE appropriate to the task will be provided to BU faculty, staff, and students by their respective laboratories, departments, and/or supervisors.  For additional information, refer to the resources tab at the bottom of the page or feel free to contact EHS at

An important philosophy to remember is that PPE is the last line of defense. OSHA, NIOSH and BU EHS suggest following the Hierarchy of Controls illustrated below to provide the most effective protection for faculty, staff and students 1.