Personal protection equipment, or PPE, refers to the clothes, helmets, garments and other equipment designed to protect the wearer from injury.
The purpose of personal protection equipment is to protect personnel from occupational hazards. Coveralls, hoods and jackets protect wearers from arc flash incidents with flame resistant materials and arc-rated lenses. Insulating gloves protect wearers from electric shock.
For personal protection equipment to be effective, personnel must wear or utilize the equipment as directed. Failure to properly use the equipment removes the final barrier between the worker and the hazard.