Personal Protective Equipment (PDF)

Protective equipment is issued as determined by the job classification assessment.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is used to create a protective barrier between the worker and the hazards in the workplace. PPE is not a replacement for good engineering controls or safe work practices. Rather, PPE should be used in conjunction with these controls to ensure the health and safety of employees and should be worn at all appropriate times. PPE will be furnished as needed per Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines. All PPE should be maintained in a sanitary condition, ready for use. Please consult the Personal Protective Equipment Policy for more specific guidance.

Eye Protection

Proper eye protection must be worn when the nature of the operation presents a potential eye or face injury. Examples of these hazards include flying objects, dust, hot or splashing metals, harmful light, caustics or acids.


Appropriate gloves and aprons shall be worn when handling hazardous chemicals and abrasive materials. Gloves should be replaced when the signs of wear are apparent.

Hard Hats

Hard hats shall be worn in all designated areas and construction areas by everyone.

Hearing Protection

Hearing protection should be used in work areas where the continuous noise levels exceed 85 decibels. All employees exposed to high noise areas are given annual audiometric testing. This testing program will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the hearing protection program. Learn more about Davidson's hearing conservation program.

Respiratory Equipment

Approved respiratory equipment shall be worn when the worker is exposed to toxic chemicals, dusts, paints, fungus, or other inhalation hazards. Respiratory equipment should be fit tested prior to use to ensure proper protection.


It is recommended that approved safety shoes be worn to protect your feet. Davidson will reimburse all or part of the cost of safety shoes.

Personal Protective Equipment Available

The following items are available from the Physical Plant Central Store. Specialized personal protective equipment needs should be directed to your supervisor.

  • Face shields
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Goggles (for dust and chemicals)
  • Goggle replacement lenses
  • Hard hats (including earmuffs)
  • Hard hat suspensions, winter liners and accessory clips
  • Hearing muffs
  • Hearing protection, plugs (disposable)
  • Rain suits
  • Respirators and cartridges (for dusts and chemicals)
  • Respirator disinfectant
  • Respirator face pieces
  • Rubber boots
  • Lifeline, harness, rope-grab device
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety glasses, side shield (plastic & wire screen)
  • Safety glasses, pocket cases
  • Safety glasses, de-fogging liquid