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Course 709: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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Hi, and welcome to the course. If you are a safety manager, supervisor, committee member, or someone who is entering into the occupational safety and health field, this course will help you understand your important responsibilities.

Here's how it works (Read this... it's important!)

  1. Study each course module. Just click on the course "Modules" tab above to get started. It take about 30 minutes to one hour to complete each module, including the quiz.
  2. Complete each module quiz. Each quiz is 5-10 questions. When you submit the quiz, a new web page will load with instant feedback on your answers. After you complete the quiz, start on the next module. There is no need to wait! No hurry either. You are in control of the pace of learning.
  3. If you have questions as you study, just send us an email.

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  5. Complete and submit the final course exam.
    • Final exams consist of 20 questions.
    • To meet OSHA requirements, you must pass the final exam with at least a 70% score.
    • If you do not pass the exam, you may retake the exam.
    • If you pass the exam, you may not retake the exam just to raise your score.
    • Most final exam questions are derived from module quizzes.

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Have fun and study hard. To start, just click on "Introduction" above.

Introduction

Hazards exist in every workplace in many different forms: sharp edges, falling objects, flying sparks, chemicals, noise and a myriad of other potentially dangerous situations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers protect their employees from workplace hazards that can cause injury.

Controlling a hazard at its source is the best way to protect employees. Depending on the hazard or workplace conditions, OSHA recommends the use of engineering or work practice controls to manage or eliminate hazards to the greatest extent possible. For example, building a barrier between the hazard and the employees is an engineering control; changing the way in which employees perform their work is a work practice control.

When elimination, substitution, engineering, and administrative controls are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, employers must provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to their employees and ensure its use. Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to a variety of hazards. Examples of PPE include such items as gloves, foot and eye protection, protective hearing devices (earplugs, muffs) hard hats, respirators and full body suits. Remember, PPE is the last resort in hazard control, not the first choice. Some employers may mistakenly believe PPE is the end all to be all. They might do too much, not too little (see illustration below).

This online course provides a general overview of a particular topic related to an OSHA regulation. It does not alter or determine compliance responsibilities in OSHA standards or the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 or related regulations. Because interpretations and enforcement policy may change over time, you should consult current OSHA administrative interpretations and decisions on OSHA compliance requirements.

The Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300) is used to classify work-related injuries and illnesses and to note the extent and severity of each case. Under this system, it is essential that data recorded by employers be uniform and accurate to assure the consistency and validity of the statistical data which is used by OSHA for many purposes.

This course will help both employers and employees do the following:

  • Understand the types of PPE.
  • Know the basics of conducting a "hazard assessment" of the workplace.
  • Select appropriate PPE for a variety of circumstances.
  • Understand what kind of training is needed in the proper use and care of PPE.

What is the purpose of this course?

The information in this course is general in nature and does not address all workplace hazards or PPE requirements. The information, methods and procedures in this course are based on the OSHA requirements for PPE as set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for general industry at: OSHA

  • 29 CFR 1910.132 (General requirements)
  • 29 CFR 1910.133 (Eye and face protection)
  • 29 CFR 1910.135 (Head protection)
  • 29 CFR 1910.136 (Foot protection)
  • 29 CFR 1910. 137 (Electrical protective equipment) and
  • 29 CFR 1910.138 (Hand protection)
  • The Requirement for PPE

    To ensure the greatest possible protection for employees in the workplace, the cooperative efforts of both employers and employees will help in establishing and maintaining a safe and healthful work environment.

    In general, employers are responsible for:

  • performing a "hazard assessment" of the workplace to identify and control physical and health hazards;
  • identifying and providing appropriate PPE for employees;
  • training employees in the use and care of the PPE;
  • maintaining PPE, including replacing worn or damaged PPE; and
  • periodically reviewing, updating and evaluating the effectiveness of the PPE program.
  • In general, employees should:

  • properly wear PPE;
  • attend training sessions on PPE;
  • care for, clean and maintain PPE; and
  • inform a supervisor of the need to repair or replace PPE.
  • Specific requirements for PPE are presented in many different OSHA standards, published in 29 CFR. Some standards require that employers provide PPE at no cost to the employee while others simply state that the employer must provide PPE.

    Modules

    To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.

    1. General Requirements
    2. PPE Training Requirements
    3. Eye and Face Protection
    4. Respiratory Protection
    5. Head, Hand and Foot Protection
    6. Electrical Protective Equipment
    7. Hearing Protection

    Course 709 Final Exam

    OSHAcademy course final exams are designed to help ensure students demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the content covered within each course. To help demonstrate this understanding, students must achieve a minimum score of 70% on final exams. It is OSHAcademy's policy to protect the integrity of our exams, as a result, we do not provide missed questions to students.

    After you have studied all of the course material and taken the module quizzes, you can take the final exam. The module quizzes are optional, but we highly recommend you take each quiz, as the questions are similar to those on the final exam.

    This is an open book exam. As you are taking the exam, if you find a question you are unsure of, you should use the course study guide or course web pages to research the correct answer. Don't worry, if you fail the exam, you can study and retake the exam when you are ready.

    If you have already paid for a Certificate Program

    If you have already paid for your certificates, your exam score will be displayed in your student dashboard. You will also be able to view or print the course PDF certificate if you purchased this option. Your PDF transcript will also be automatically updated to include the course.

    If you only want free training

    After each exam, you will automatically receive an email that will confirm you have taken the final exam and it will ask you to review your results on your training dashboard.  If you did not pass the final exam you will see a "retake exam" link next to the course.  We do not provide exam scores unless you purchase a course or program certificate. You are welcome to take all of our courses for free. We only charge a fee if you want certificates and transcripts to document your training.

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