Course 108 Personal Protective Equipment: Basic

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Modules: 2
Hours: 1
Sectors: All Industries

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Course 108 Personal Protective Equipment Basic

Key Topics

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

Target Audience

  • Employee
  • Supervisor
  • Manager

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Common types of PPE.

When elimination, substitution, engineering, and administrative controls are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, employers must provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to their employees and ensure its use. Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to a variety of hazards. Examples of PPE include such items as gloves, foot and eye protection, protective hearing devices (earplugs, muffs), hard hats, respirators and full body suits. Remember, PPE is the last resort in hazard control, not the first choice. Some employers may mistakenly believe PPE is the end-all be-all. They might do too much, not too little.

The information in this course is general in nature and does not address all workplace hazards or PPE requirements. The information, methods and procedures in this course are based on the OSHA requirements for PPE as set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for general industry in the following OSHA 29 CFR 1910, Subpart I, Personal Protective Equipment.

Modules and Learning Objectives

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Module 1: General PPE Requirements and Types of PPE

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Discuss general employer responsibilities related to personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Describe the limitations on the use of back belts, work clothing, and defective equipment.
  • Describe the best practices for selecting PPE.
  • Identify the five basic topic areas required for PPE training.
  • Describe the types of eye and face protection and give examples of their use.
  • Identify and describe the five types of respirators and the proper use of each type.
  • Contrast non-powered and powered air-purifying respirators.
  • Describe the use of supplied-air respirators (SARs) and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).

Module 2: Types of PPE (Continued)

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Identify at least five tasks that might require the use of head protection.
  • Identify the two types and three classes of protective helmets.
  • Discuss the hazards from which hand protection is necessary to protect employees.
  • Describe at least four types of gloves and the materials of which they are made.
  • Discuss criteria for the selection of protective footwear.
  • Identify at least three types of electrical protective equipment.
  • Identify at least three types of hearing protectors and the advantages of each.

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