In the construction industry, personal protective equipment (PPE) is considered the last line of defense when it comes to protecting workers from injuries on the jobsite. Employers are required to implement engineering controls and other safety measures to guard against accidents and prevent injuries. In the event those measures fail or can’t be feasibly implemented, PPE is there to prevent an injury when hazards arise.
Employers are required to pay for and provide workers with all PPE and are responsible for requiring their use when appropriate. All PPE should meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) specifications.