Course 614 Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment

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Modules: 4
Hours: 2
Sectors: All Industries

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Course 614 Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment

Key Topics

  • Eye and Face Protection
  • Head Protection
  • Hand, Leg, and Foot Protection
  • Respirators
  • Fall Protection Systems
  • Training

Target Audience

  • Employee
  • Supervisor

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


The material covered in this course summarizes the requirements within OSHA's CFR 29 1926 Subpart E, Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) includes articles such as eye, face, head and extremity protection; protective clothing; respiratory devices; protective shields; and barriers for mechanical, chemical, radiological or other workplace environmental hazards.

  • Head protection: Protective helmets (hard hats) must be worn by employees who work in areas where there is a possibility of head injury from impact, falling or flying objects, or electricity.
  • Hearing protection: Hearing protection must be worn when noise levels cannot be reduced by engineering or other means.
  • Eye and face protection: Eye and face protection must be used to protect against physical, chemical, or radiation agents.
  • Respiratory protection: Employers must have a written plan for procedures to select and use respirators when exposed to hazardous atmospheres.
  • Harnesses, lifelines, and lanyards: Harnesses, lifelines, and lanyards must be used as part of personal fall arrest or restraint systems.
  • Safety nets: Safety nets must be provided if workplaces are higher than 25 feet above the surface and ladders, scaffolds or other safety equipment is impractical.
  • Workers over or near water: Life jackets or buoyant work vests must be provided to employees where the danger of drowning exists. These must be inspected for defects before and after each use. Ring buoys must be no more than 200 feet apart and available for emergency rescue operations. A lifesaving skiff must also be available where employees work over or near water.

This course will introduce you to all of these topics so that you're better aware of protective equipment and lifesaving requirements in the workplace.

Modules and Learning Objectives

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Module 1 - Types of Protective Equipment

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Describe the general requirement for using PPE in the workplace.
  • Identify the five types of eye and face protection.
  • Identify the two basic types of head protection and the three classes of hard hats.
  • List and give examples of at least five types of foot and leg protection.
  • Describe how safety gloves protect employees.
  • Discuss the importance of using body protection and give examples.
  • Describe the types of hearing protection and the advantages of each.

Module 2 - Respiratory Protection

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Give examples of hazards from which respiratory protection protects employees.
  • List and describe the use of the four basic types of respirators.
  • Describe the use of non-powered air-purifying respirators (APRs).
  • Describe the use of powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs).
  • Describe the use of the supplied-air respirator (SAR) and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA).
  • Discuss important points for the care, use, and storage of respirators.
  • Describe the use of canisters and the importance of color coding.

Module 3 - Lifesaving Equipment

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Discuss the six primary types of fall-protection systems.
  • List and give examples of at least five fall hazards in the workplace.
  • Describe the components of a Personal Fall Protection System (PFAS).
  • Describe the correct use of lanyards and rope grabs with vertical lifelines.
  • Describe the use of horizontal lifelines and the concept of sag angle.

Module 4 - Lifesaving Equipment (Continued)

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Discuss the three basic components of positioning systems.
  • Discuss the components of and requirements for guardrail use.
  • Discuss the requirements for the use of safety nets.
  • Discuss the requirements for the use of warning-line systems for roofing work.
  • Describe slide-guard systems and limitations for use.
  • Describe the requirements for using safety monitoring systems for roofing work.
  • Discuss how to protect against the hazards posed by floor holes and skylights.
  • Discuss safety requirements while working over water.

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