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Topic #8

Use PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for Your Work

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When you think of PPE, do you think of masks and gloves? That’s a good start. But you need to know that there are many other types of PPE to keep you safe and healthy when you volunteer.

The FACTS: What you need to KNOW

  1. There is a type of PPE to protect every part of your body (eyes, head, hands, etc.) from every type of hazard (falling objects, dust, noise, traffic, etc.).
  2. To avoid injury or illness, it is important to wear the right type of PPE for the task.
  3. To function properly, PPE must fit and be adjusted correctly. It needs to be clean and free from wear and tear.
  4. Single use items, like disposable gloves, should only be used once. Reusing single use items will not provide adequate protection and can put volunteers at risk.
  5. Not all PPE protects you from immediate injury. Items like earplugs protect you from long-term damage.

The Actions: What you need to DO

Find out what kind of work you will be doing and what the hazards are. Ask your volunteer manager what PPE is required to keep you safe.

If you do not have the right PPE, do not begin the task. Talk to your volunteer manager. Ask someone with the right PPE if they can do it. Do the task on another day, when you have PPE.

Check your PPE to see that it fits, and that it is clean and not worn.

When you are done, take care of your PPE and store it properly.