Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment is equipment worn to minimize exposure to a variety of hazards. PPE is protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection. Protective equipment includes physical, electrical, heat, chemicals, biohazards, and airborne hazard prevention.

Types Of Personal Protective Equipment Categories

In all industries, precautions need to be taken to ensure safe practices are followed. This is a quick overview of PPE categories with examples.

  1. Respiratory protection – for example, disposable, cartridge, airline, half or full face.
  2. Eye protection – for example, spectacles/goggles, shields, visors.
  3. Hearing protection – for example, ear muffs and plugs.
  4. Hand protection – for example, gloves and barrier creams.
  5. Foot protection – for example, shoes/boots
  6. Head protection – for example, helmets, caps, hoods, hats
  7. Working from heights – for example, harness and fall arrest devices
  8. Skin protection – for example, hats, sunburn cream, long-sleeved clothes

Other personal protective equipments include PPE for specific tasks such as disposable clothing for working with chemicals, radiation hazards, welding, painting. Examples include: lead aprons for x-ray protection; sleeve protectors, aprons, coveralls when using chemicals; leather jackets, trousers, and spats for welding; thermal and cold protective clothing for work near furnaces and cool rooms.

PPE Personal Protective Hearing Equipment Examples

SIM Supply specializes in hearing equipment PPE. Hearing protection devices reduce the noise energy reaching and causing damage to the inner ear.

Determining what is needed to provide hearing protection for employees can be challenging. Generally, people should wear a hearing protector if the noise or sound level at the workplace exceeds 85 decibels (A-weighted) or dBA.

If hearing protection is required, then a complete hearing conservation program should be implemented. Employee exposure to excessive noise depends upon a number of factors, including:

  • The loudness of the noise as measured in decibels (dB).
  • The duration of each employee’s exposure to the noise.
  • Whether employees move between work areas with different noise levels.
  • Whether the noise is generated from one or multiple sources.

Types of Hearing Protection

Hearing protectors are required to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. Earmuffs and earplugs are the most common hearing protection equipment you’ll find.

  • Disposable hearing protection device – a hearing protection device formed by packing a suitable material into or around the ear canal. Disposable hearing protection devices are discarded after a single wearing.
  • Corded and uncorded earplugs – a hearing protection device, other than disposable hearing protection devices, that is inserted into the ear canal.
  • Molded earplug ear canal cap – a hearing protection device that covers the ear canal entrance and is more comfortable as it molds individual ears.
  • Earmuff – a hearing protection device that covers the entire ear and is held in place by a suspension system
  • Hard hat mounted earmuff helmet – a hearing protection device that mounts and covers the ears and an appreciable part of the head
  • Suspension system – a device that holds the hearing protection device in proper position on the wearer’s head. A suspension system may be a headband, a neckband or a safety helmet.

At SIM Supply we only carry quality products that are constructed according to strict standards and can keep your workers safe. We’re happy to answer any questions you have regarding safety protective equipment.