#FactFridays about the importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Yesterday, I completed my 40-Hour HAZWOPER training and even got to see first-hand what investigating hazardous waste sites in different levels of personal protective equipment (PPE).
PPE is used to minimize exposure to hazards, whether that means eye glasses, Nitrile gloves, a lab coat, a fully-encompassing suit, a respiratory system, or steel-toed boots. There are many forms of PPE, and they’re chosen for each individual project and scene. Even if PPE was established for a task or situation, it has to be updated over time to make sure that people are still safe. Interacting with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, and other hazards is a threat when entering any situation as a scientist and engineer.