This article provides general advice on the correct selection and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as respirators, eyeshields and ear defenders.

Although it is only designed as a last resort measure once other controls have been attempted and implemented, personal protective equipment (PPE) is nevertheless one of the simplest and most powerful tools for protecting people at work.

From gloves that prevent cuts and abrasions to respirators that prevent exposure to harmful dusts and fumes, it is clear that PPE can effectively protect the wearer against a vast range of hazards.

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