personal protective equipment


variants or less commonly personal protection equipment
: protective devices, garments, or coverings (such as respirators, helmets, face shields, boots, or gloves) that are worn especially by workers to minimize exposure to hazards that may cause injury or illness
Additional funds of $1,000 from the federal grant are also available to help train firefighters up to the National Firefighter Protection Association standard. … Equipment to be purchased includes 74 complete sets of personal protective equipment which include boots, gloves, helmets, pants, coats, hoods and traffic safety vests.Will James et al.
Part of the grant will be used for training in the use of personal protective equipment, for use by officers in the event of a chemical- or oil-related incident.Rich Hewitt
While the global plastic waste problem has long been out of control, Covid-19 has intensified our use of single-use plastics, pushing the issue to new heights. The waste includes test kits and personal protection equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves, the vast majority of which comes from hospitals, rather than individual use.Victoria Burrows
abbreviation PPE

Examples of personal protective equipment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web You might be swayed by Arnie’s touching faith in bipartisanship and the need to tackle the climate crisis or moved by his tales of heroic procurement of personal protective equipment during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Charles Arrowsmith, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2023 At the end of the 2020 strike, workers and management settled an agreement for a new contract including raises of at least $1 per hour for all workers, $2.50 hourly pandemic pay, five sick days a year and personal protective equipment. Ilana Arougheti, Chicago Tribune, 31 Aug. 2023 Absent imports, there will be no transition to electric vehicles and no access to vast quantities of personal protective equipment for frontline emergency personnel when a pandemic strikes. Alan Wolff, Fortune, 28 Aug. 2023 After the scene is determined to be safe and personal protective equipment is provided, authorities will begin retrieving the bodies. Mitchell McCluskey, CNN, 6 Oct. 2023 The team also conducts audits on personal protective equipment and hand hygiene. John Hilliard,, 4 Mar. 2023 Officials said personal protective equipment will be given out, including coveralls, booties, respirators and N95 masks. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 25 Sep. 2023 Recommendations include using cleaning products with less harsh chemicals, providing domestic workers with personal protective equipment and supplying fans to increase air circulation. Mackenzie Mays, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2023 At the beginning of the pandemic, member states clashed over shortages of personal protective equipment, and the body eventually imposed several temporary export bans. Henry Farrell, Foreign Affairs, 5 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of personal protective equipment was in 1934

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Cite this Entry

“Personal protective equipment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

personal protective equipment

variants also personal protection equipment
: protective devices, garments, or coverings (such as respirators, face shields, or gloves) that are worn especially by workers to minimize exposure to hazards that may cause injury or illness
Personal protective equipment should be simple to remove after use without contaminating the user. … It should be disposable whenever possible and disposed of appropriately, immediately after removal.T. M. Cook, Anaesthesia
In the attempt to prevent the spread of a viral infection to and from healthcare workers, the health community generally relies on the efficacy of personal protective equipment (PPE): gloves, masks, respirators, goggles, face shields, and gowns.Ivo Boškoski et al., Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
abbreviation PPE
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