Personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential to ensure worker safety in various industries, such as construction, manufacturing, mining, laboratories, and emergency services. Different types of PPE are designed to protect specific body parts from various hazards.  

Here’s a PPE checklist with the main types of PPE and their applications—things you need to consider ensuring the safety of your team.  

Head Protection 

Hard Hats/Safety Helmets 
Protects the head from falling objects, debris, and impacts. It is commonly used in construction, mining, and other industries with overhead hazards. 

Eye and Face Protection 

Safety Glasses/Goggles 
It protects the eyes from flying particles, liquid splashes, and projectiles. It is essential in manufacturing, construction, and laboratories. 
Face Shields 
It covers the entire face to guard against splashes, sprays, and debris. It is often used with safety glasses in high-risk environments. 

Respiratory Protection 

Gas Mask & Filter Combinations 
Combining masks with specific filters protects against airborne particles, vapours, and gases. It is used in environments with hazardous substances or poor air quality. 
Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) 
Provides clean air in oxygen-deficient or toxic atmospheres. Used in firefighting, confined spaces, and other high-risk situations. 

Hearing Protection 

Earplugs and Earmuffs 
It protects against excessive noise levels that can cause hearing damage or loss. It is common in construction, manufacturing, and noisy environments. 

Hand and Arm Protection 

Protects hands from cuts, burns, chemicals, and other hazards. Based on specific hazards, the type of glove varies (leather, nitrile, rubber). 
Arm Guards/Sleeves 
Protects arms from cuts, heat, and other risks in industries like welding and metalworking. 

Foot and Leg Protection 

Safety Shoes/Boots 
Guards feet against falling objects, punctures, and slips. Depending on the hazard, they feature steel or composite toe caps. They are common in construction and manufacturing. 
Protects legs from cuts, heat, and other dangers in welding and metalworking. 

Body Protection 

It shields the body from splashes, sprays, and other hazards. The materials used vary (chemical-resistant, fire-resistant) based on the hazard. 
High-Visibility Clothing 
Enhances visibility in low-light conditions or near moving vehicles. Used in construction, roadwork, and outdoor environments. 

Importance of PPE Selection and Use 

Selecting and using the correct PPE is crucial for worker safety across various industries. Employers must conduct thorough hazard assessments, provide appropriate PPE, and ensure employees are trained in its correct use and maintenance. Proper PPE protects workers and contributes to a safer and more efficient workplace. 

For more detailed information on different types of PPE and their applications, you can refer to these sources: 
[2] CPD Online 
[3] SafetyCulture 
[4] SafeWork Victoria 
[5] TVH Learning Hub 

By understanding the different types of PPE and their proper use, we can create safer work environments and protect our most valuable asset: our workforce. 

At J3Seven, we understand that selecting and using appropriate PPE is crucial for protecting workers from the various hazards they face in their respective industries. Our team of experts provides tailored PPE solutions that meet the highest standards of quality, durability, and performance, ensuring that professionals can focus on their tasks with confidence and peace of mind. 

Whether you need specialised PPE for hazardous environments or comprehensive training on proper PPE usage and maintenance, J3Seven is your trusted partner in prioritising safety and operational readiness. Browse our offerings today and take the first step towards a safer, more secure working environment.