The purpose of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) program is to protect researchers, employees, students, and visitors from potential hazards in the work environment. Appropriate PPE must be worn when entering areas with known or potential exposure(s) to hazards. Principal Investigators (PI) and supervisors are required to ensure the appropriate selection of PPE is available. Eliminating hazards through engineering or administrative controls provides better and more consistent protection than relying on PPE alone. If PPE is necessary, it is best used with engineering and/or administrative controls along with good work practices.

This program applies to all University laboratory organizational units at all locations including the Washington Square, Tandon School of Engineering, the and College of Dentistry Campuses; University owned property; University leased space; and temporary field locations under the control of University operations staff.

PPE for respiratory, hearing, elevated work, electrical, welding, and other physical hazards are covered under Environmental Health and Safety, but shall be documented in the hazard assessment for PPE.

Hierarchy of Controls 

Hierarchy of Controls. The five groups are stacked in an inverted triangle as progressively showing the most to least effective method of control. See body of text for longer description.

Types of Personal Protective Equipment

Frequently Asked Questions