The Occupational Safety website covers many occupational safety and health topics found at University of Wisconsin System campuses.

Staff at UW System campuses can contact our office with questions about occupational safety and health. Contact information is available at the bottom of each page.

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Personal Protective Equipment

This page covers general personal protective equipment (PPE) topics for University of Wisconsin System campuses. PPE is most often grouped by the body part or function being protected, such as:

  • Protecting the head
  • Protecting the feet and legs
  • Protecting the eyes and face
  • Protecting your hearing (Hearing Conservation)
  • Protecting your hands
  • Protecting your respiratory system (Respiratory Protection)
  • Protecting your body

Using personal protective equipment, or PPE, is generally the last line of defense after engineering controls, work practices, and administrative controls. Personal protective equipment is designed to protect workers from injuries or illnesses resulting from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. PPE includes (but is not limited to) safety glasses, goggles, face shields, hard hats, safety shoes, gloves, coveralls, vests, earplugs, and respirators.

Campuses are responsible for assessing the campus workplace to determine if hazards are present that require the use of personal protective equipment. If such hazards are present, campuses are responsible for:

  • Selecting PPE that is appropriate for the hazard and activity, and that fits the employee
  • Requiring employees to use the PPE provided, and
  • Communicating the PPE selection decisions to the employees


Supplemental information about PPE:




Toolbox Talks

Management Led Safety

The purpose of management led safety  is to demonstrate a visible commitment to safety by upper management, supervisors, and employees. This culture will share a belief among all employees that the safety of people and property is not to be compromised, cannot be delegated and requires active participation by all and is not dependent on one or two people for its success. Safety is everyone’s responsibility in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.

Below is some additional information:

Return to Work Guidelines Sample Safety Policy