Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries standard WAC 296-800-160 requires the use of personal protective equipment to protect the body from absorption, inhalation and physical contact hazards having the potential to cause injury or impairment. This standard mandates that WWU conduct certified assessments of all workplaces to determine if hazards are present, or likely to be present, which necessitate the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Personal protective equipment is provided by the organizational unit in accordance with union contracts and other University agreements. It is used when workplace hazards are not eliminated or controlled by engineering controls (i.e., guards, ventilation) and/or administrative controls (i.e., job rotation, work practices). Faculty, staff, exempt professionals and student employees required to wear PPE must be trained in its proper use and limitations. Students should also receive training.

Environmental Health and Safety has developed materials to assist departments or organizational units in conducting hazard assessments and training for a Hazard Assessment Certification - PPE to achieve regulatory compliance and enhance employee protection. Training support in PPE is obtained by contacting EHS.

Page Updated 12.16.2013