Personal protective equipment (PPE) is the materials worn to block and reduce exposure to hazards. By decreasing physical, chemical, mechanical, radiological and electrical hazards, PPE can protect against and reduce the risk of injury and illness. Fields such as construction and healthcare rely on PPE in the course of routine work.
PPE must be made and worn properly to work correctly. PPE programs educate employees on which PPE to wear, when to wear it and how to wear it effectively. OSHA sets standards to which many industries must comply.