Personal Protective Equipment

Protection from Head to Toe

PPE provides head-to-toe protection for your employees and keeps them safe from physical and health hazards when engineering and administrative controls alone can’t do the job.

As the general PPE safety meeting in BLR’s OSHA Training System explains, personal protective equipment (PPE) is one of the most effective ways to protect against job hazards. PPE provides head-to-toe protection and serves as a personal barrier against a variety of safety and health hazards.

During the meeting, employees learn when different types of PPE are required and the hazards they protect against. For example:

Head protection (hard hats, helmets) is essential when there’s a risk of falling objects or head bumping.

Eye protection (e.g., safety glasses or goggles) is required to guard against flying objects, splashes, vapors, fumes, and harmful light.

Hearing protection (e.g., ear plugs, ear muff, or canal caps) is necessary to protect ears against loud noises that can cause hearing loss.

Respirators (air-purifying or air-supplying) are required to protect against hazardous dust, vapors, and gases as well as to provide safe air to breathe in oxygen-deficient and immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) atmospheres.


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Hand protection (different types of gloves) is a must to protect hands from cuts, punctures, splinters, heat, cold, chemicals, and biological hazards.

Foot protection (safety shoes and boots) is necessary to protect feet and toes from punctures, falling objects, heat, cold, chemicals, and electricity.

Whole body protection is sometimes required to protect workers against extreme heat or cold, deadly b


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The Complete Training System

In addition to providing all this OSHA-required information about PPE, the general PPE safety meeting in OSHA Training System also gives you the opportunity to show employees samples of all the different kinds of PPE used in your facility and demonstrate proper fit for each item.

This meeting, of course, is just one of many training materials in the OSHA Training System OSHA Training System. There are also meetings on specific types of PPE as well as meetings covering a host of other OSHA-required training topics.

As its name implies, the OSHA Training System is a complete system to meet your full training needs. All the materials are prepared in advance, so no prep time is required. All you do is reproduce what you need and put it to use.

Materials include:


  • 32 complete safety units, meeting every key OSHA standard. Each includes full background for trainers, a ready-to-use safety meeting, and follow-up handouts. View a Table of Contents.

  • Quizzes, handouts, and copies of 27 different employee booklets, coordinated to the safety meetings. (Booklets can be bought in any quantity at a discount.)

  • A complete training recordkeeping and tracking system that tells you which employees need what training, and then tracks your program to ensure they get it.

  • Quarterly updates, included with the program. You receive at least 4 new safety units every 90 days, covering new OSHA standards and training needs.

If you share the common problem of never having enough time or the right materials for training, we’d suggest you examine the OSHA Training System program. We’ve arranged for you to do so for up to 30 days at no cost or risk. Just let us know and we’ll be happy to make all the arrangements.

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