Industrial Hygiene

 Personal Protective Equipment

Last Updated: May 20, 2022
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When engineering or administrative controls are not feasible, personal protective equipment can be used to protect workers. PPE is utilized only when hazards cannot be eliminated or reduced with engineering and administrative controls as demonstrated by the Hierarchy of Controls:


PPE includes, but is not limited to: hearing protection, eye protection, protective clothing, respiratory protection, safety shoes/boots, gloves, helmets, body armor and uniforms


​Role of Army IH in PPE:

Army IH is often involved with the identification of hazards present in a workplace, which dictates what PPE must be used. IH Programs  can assist in the selection of appropriate PPE.  Army IH programs can also provide employees with information on the proper maintenance, handling, and training regarding PPE.

Personal Protective Equipment for Healthcare Workers:

The Army follows current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers. The following are some specific CDC links

​The following products can assist in choosing the right mask and provides guidance on proper wearing and taking off of N95 and other tight fitting respirator masks.

Choosing the Right MaskExternal Link
Best Practices for Wearing an N95​External Link

Other References regarding PPE for Healthcare Workers:

U.S. Marines Resource

Army Regulations and Websites:

Federal Regulations and Guidance: