Personal Protective Equipment

GW has developed a personal protective equipment program for employees to ensure workers are protected on the job.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is used to create a protective barrier between the worker and the hazards in the workplace. PPE includes such equipment as chemical resistant gloves, safety shoes, protective clothing, safety glasses, and respirators. Personal protective equipment is not a replacement for good engineering controls, administrative controls or work practices. Rather, PPE should be used in conjunction with these controls to ensure the health and safety of employees.

As part of the program, hazard assessments are conducted for job tasks to determine what PPE may be necessary and training is conducted to ensure the proper use of PPE. Assistance for performing the PPE hazard assessment is available through the Office of Health & Safety. A copy of this program is available upon request.

This program and policy does not apply to:

  • George Washington University students or researchers. Personal protective equipment, training, and information for students and researchers will be administered by individual academic departments with the assistance of the Office of Health & Safety.
  • Contractors, sub-contractors, or any employee of such contracted companies performing work on the George Washington University campus. The contractor shall provide their employees with personal protective equipment.