Personal Protective Equipment

March 1999
Chapter 7

Section: 7:030

Personal Protective Equipment

The use of personal protective equipment can enable employees to work in hazardous environments where engineering controls have not been implemented or are infeasible. The following guidelines for personal protective equipment are no considered to be all inclusive; any questions concerning personal protective equipment or other potentially hazardous exposure should be directed the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (882-7018), 8 Research Park Development Building.

Protective Eyewear

Protective eye and face equipment are required by Missouri state law when there is reasonable probability of an injury that can be prevented by such equipment. No unprotected person should be knowingly subjected to a hazardous environmental condition. Suitable eye protectors should be provided where machines or operations present the hazard of flying objects, glare, liquids, injurious radiation, or a combination of these hazards.

Use of Protective Eyewear

Listed below are some of the activities in which protective eyewear should be worn:

  • Working in a chemical laboratory.
  • Mowing grass or cutting brush.
  • Moving drums of corrosive materials.
  • Sawing or cutting materials.
  • Welding.
  • Using cleaning materials such as bowl cleaners, strong solvents, or other corrosive chemicals in cleaning facilities.
NOTE: The design, construction, testing and use of devices for eye and face protection shall be in accordance with the most recent version of the American National Standard for Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection, Z87.1.

Head Protection

Helmets for the protection of head from impact and penetration from falling and flying objects and from limited electric shock and burn shall need the requirements and specifications established in the most recent version of American National Standard Safety Requirements for Industrial Head protection, Z89.1.

Foot Protection

Foot protection may be required where job condition warrant.

Use of Foot Protection

Listed below are come examples of work which may require foot protection:

  • Warehouse operations.
  • Moving operations involving heavy equipment.
  • Work involving close contact with large animals.
  • Jobs requiring work with certain chemicals.
NOTE: Safety toe footwear for employees shall need the requirements and specifications of the latest version of American National Standard for Safety Toe Footwear, Z41.1.

Respiratiory Protection

The use of respirators may be necessary to ensure adequate protection from dusts, fumes, mists or gases. Proper selection and fit are essential in assuring protection and are dependent on several factors.

Use of Respiratory Protection

Some activities requiring use of respirators are:

  • Handling chemicals.
  • Working on asbestos abatement projects.
  • Working with pesticides.
  • Painting and sanding operations.

Fit Testing and Training

Employees are required to undergo fit testing and training prior to wearing respirators. The level of protection and degree of training are dependent on the environmental hazards present. Contact the Department or Environmental Health and Safety (882-7018), 8 Research Park Development Building, for fit testing and training.

Hearing Protection

Specific types of protection will be required depending on the type and level of noise encountered.

Types of Hearing Protection

Examples of hearing protection are:

  • Premolded ear plugs.
  • Disposable ear plugs.
  • Ear muffs.


Monitoring of work and areas with noise dosimetry will be provided by Environmental Health and Safety (882-7018) to determine the appropriate level of protection.

Arms, Hands, and Torso Protection

The selection of appropriate gloves and clothing depend on factors such as design, permeability and strength. Many chemicals will permeate or break through certain materials in relatively short periods of time, voiding the protection.

Use of Protective Equipment

Examples of activities where such protection may be required include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with chemicals.
  • Asbestos abatement.
  • Handling PCBs.
  • Working with insulation.
NOTE: The Department of Environmental Health & Safety will require personal protective equipment for other operations as it deems appropriate.

Selection of Protective Clothing

Selection of protective clothing must be done in consultation with Environmental health and Safety (882-7018), 8 Research Park Development Building.

Other Protective Equipment

There may be specific areas of work on the campus that may create hazardous exposure to faculty, staff, students, or the general public. Any questions concerning hazardous working environments should be directed to the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (882-7018), 8 Research Park Development Building.

Procuring Protective Equipment

Each operating unit is expected to fund, procure and initiate use of the proper personal protective equipment. The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (882-7018) may be contacted to assist each operating unit in determining the correct personal protective equipment to assure a safe work environment.

Ordering Protective Devices

All protective devices must be ordered through the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (882-7018), 8 Research Park Development Building, to assure that the devices meet appropriate standards.