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Why is Biohazard PPE Gear important?

12/16/2022 (Permalink)

Two people wearing protective gear PPE is used to protect workers from exposure to biological and chemical hazards.

Sometimes, it can seem like there are a million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) out there. That is actually a good thing! PPE is necessary for your health and safety when you work around dangerous materials or equipment. It's also important to choose the right type of PPE for your situation so that you don’t accidentally put yourself at risk again. In this blog post, we'll walk through the basics of biohazard PPE gear and why it's important for workers who are exposed to bloodborne pathogens at work.

Why is Biohazard PPE Gear important?

Here are the top five reasons why it's important to use Biohazard PPE:

  • To protect your health.
  • To protect others' health.
  • To protect the environment.
  • To protect the workplace and product from contamination.

What is the goal of PPE? 

PPE is essential to protect workers from exposure to hazardous materials. The goal of PPE is to prevent a worker from coming into contact with harmful substances, but it can also help protect the worker from other hazards as well. Depending on what kind of hazard you are protecting against, there are several categories of PPE that have been developed over time.

PPE can be used in many different situations, including when working around chemicals and toxic materials, handling pathogens (for example, viruses or bacteria) and even radioactive materials. It’s also useful for protection against physical hazards such as extreme temperatures or dangerous equipment that could cause injury if not equipped properly.

Which are the most common items for PPE?

If a worker is dealing with a hazardous material, it's important to select the right PPE. For example, if you're working with biowaste and your eyes are exposed to these hazards, you'll want to wear goggles. If PPE has been selected properly and worn as instructed by the manufacturer's instructions, it can help prevent injury or illness while doing this type of work.

The most common items used in personal protective equipment (PPE) include: 

  • Gloves
  • Goggles/face shields/eye protection
  • Respirators and face masks. 

You should choose which is best for your situation based on what you'll be doing at work—and how likely it is that there will be exposure to chemicals or harmful organisms.

The type of PPE depends on the hazards present.

PPE is an important part of the safety strategy at any workplace. It’s crucial that you understand the risks and how to protect yourself. It’s also essential that everyone knows how to use their gear properly, so they can keep themselves safe while they work.

PPE is used to protect workers from exposure to biological and chemical hazards. It is not a substitute for good work practices, nor is it a guarantee of protection. The type of PPE (and its limitations) depends on the hazards that workers may be exposed to.

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