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Personal Protective Equipment

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers protect their employees from workplace hazards that can cause injury.  When engineering controls and safe work practices are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, employers must provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to their employees and ensure its use.  PPE is worn to minimize exposure to a variety of hazards.  Examples of PPE include such items as gloves, safety glasses, steel toe boots.

In order to determine what types of PPE are necessary, supervisors must first identify physical and health hazards in the workplace.  This process is known as conducting a PPE Assessment. Examples of physical hazards include temperature extremes, electrical shock, noise, and moving parts.  Examples of health hazards include overexposure to harmful dusts, chemicals, biological materials or radiation.  The PPE Assessment process must be documented using the PPE Assessment form located in Appendix A.

For more information see: OSHA Personal Protective Equipment.

The Department of Environment, Health and Safety invites Dival Safety to campus with their Safety Shoe Truck each Spring and Fall.  The Dival Shoe Truck, which provides a large selection of safety shoes with the convenience of on-campus shopping, is located at the East Hill Office Building parking lot, 395 Pine Tree Road, from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Dival Safety Shoes (Dival Safety) offers a variety of name brand safety shoes, offered to Cornell employees at discount rates. Current dates will be posted when available.

Written Program/Manuals


PDF file Botanic Gardens PPE Chart Requires Login
PDF file Building Care PPE Chart Requires Login
PDF file Dining PPE Chart Requires Login
PDF file Facilities Maintenance PPE Chart Requires Login
PDF file Grounds Dept. PPE Chart Requires Login
PDF file PPE Assessment Form Requires Login

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