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PPE is anything that you wear to prevent injuries. It can be as simple as a hard hat, safety glasses or a pair of gloves, but to really do its job it must be the right PPE for the work that is being done, and it must be used and maintained properly.
To help with this, OSHA has created a series of Personal Protective Equipment Standards to ensure that workers can stay safe on the job. The standards also require employers to make appropriate PPE available to all employees, and to provide them with training on why they need PPE, how it works and how to use it and maintain it. This program discusses each of these topics.