Personal Protective Equipment
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) means any equipment intended to be worn or handled by the worker to protect against multiple risks that may endanger his health and safety at the workplace, as well as any other additional item or accessory designed for the same purpose.
Basically, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is personal equipment (to be used by a single person) designed to protect a part of the body (helmets to protect the head, face shields or safety glasses to protect the face, gloves to protect the hands, boots to protect the feet, insulating gloves and boots to protect against electrical shocks).
This equipment is designed and manufactured to protect the worker:
- against electrical risks (electrical shocks), preventing the direct or indirect contact with live conductors;
- against mechanical risks, acting as a protective shield for the body against items that can generate injuries by falling, impact or contact;
- against thermal effects generated by arc flash, acting as a thermal and mechanical shield.