Personal protective equipment is any specialized clothing or equipment worn or used to protect a person from a hazard(s).  Personal protective equipment can include HAZMAT suits, goggles, gloves, respiration equipment, hard hats, etc.

Personal protective equipment can form an essential part of a safety plan, but is should NEVER be a primary means for controlling hazards.

Personal protective equipment forms a barrier between the user and a hazard, but it does not remove the hazard.  It is far better to remove the hazard, if possible.

Personal protective equipment has limited success because the user must have the right equipment and know how to use it properly.  In addition, the personal protective equipment must fit properly and be well-maintained.

Workers must receive proper training if they are required to wear personal protective equipment.

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