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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


Clothing snug fitting and usually covers body, arms and legs

Footwear covering entire foot surface and heavy enough to withstand sharp objects

Aprons or coats worn to protect clothing from hot liquids, or bacterial contamination.

Gloves worn to avoid contamination of food (keep it sanitary) and also to protect the worker from exposures to microbes

Eye protection goggles can be worn to protect the eyes from splattering

Hairnets worn to keep the food clean and sanitary (people lose 50 hairs a day)

Dust mask where biologically hazardous dusts or mists need to be avoided (e.g. sweeping up mouse droppings)

Biological Containment Hoods if you work in a laboratory with animals or microbes these hoods use air pressure to keep infectious material away from a workers breathing zone.