personal protective equipment

Personal Protective Equipment from OSHA’s Perspective

Frequently, I get asked, “What does OSHA require our employees to wear in the way of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for this job?” Many people assume there is a standard policy which lists job tasks with corresponding PPE requirements. As a safety consultant, my response sometimes draws some disapproving looks. Determining appropriate PPE is not as simple as looking up standard requirements in a book; it is up to the employer to determine what is appropriate or required.