Online Class: Personal Protective Equipment

This Personal Protective Equipment Course is designed to help those working in the various industries that utilize PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) as a means to protect the worker from the natural harm that comes into their work area.

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Course Description

Mastering Safety: A Comprehensive Guide to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

In today's dynamic work environments, safety is paramount. Across diverse industries, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) stands as the frontline defender against potential hazards that workers may encounter. Whether you're a construction worker braving the heights or a scientist conducting experiments in a lab, the right PPE ensures you're equipped to handle the challenges of your profession safely. Welcome to our all-encompassing online course on Personal Protective Equipment, meticulously crafted to provide in-depth knowledge and insights into the world of PPE.

Course Overview: A Deep Dive into PPE

This course provides a thorough understanding of the broad spectrum of PPE available, ranging from gloves and footwear to specialized garments and face shields. Each module is structured to detail the design, functionality, and materials of various PPE components, offering a granular view of how each piece works in unison to provide optimum protection.

For instance, a construction worker might need sturdy boots and helmets to safeguard against falling objects, while a laboratory technician would require gloves and goggles to protect against chemical splashes. This course delves deep into these distinctions, ensuring that participants can make informed decisions about the right PPE for their respective professions.

Tailored Modules for Specific Job Descriptions

We recognize that one size doesn't fit all when it comes to PPE. That's why this course boasts specialized modules catering to distinct professions:

  1. Firefighters: Understand the intricacies of flame-resistant garments, helmets, and boots. Learn how these pieces shield firefighters from extreme temperatures and hazardous environments.

  2. Construction Workers: Discover the importance of hard hats, safety harnesses, and reflective vests. Uncover how these tools ensure safety against construction site challenges.

  3. Beekeepers: Delve into the design of beekeeping suits, gloves, and veils, and understand how they protect against bee stings while ensuring comfort.

  4. Military & Police Personnel: Explore the evolution of body armor, helmets, and tactical gear. Understand the balance between protection and mobility in these high-risk professions.

Upholding Standards: Ensuring Optimal Protection

Every piece of PPE undergoes rigorous testing to ensure it delivers on its promise of protection. This course will guide participants through the various standards and certifications that PPE must adhere to. Depending on the type and use of the equipment, these standards might focus on aspects such as resistance to chemicals, heat tolerance, or impact resistance.

For example, a firefighter's helmet is tested for its endurance against high temperatures and impact, ensuring it won't melt or crack under extreme conditions. On the other hand, a laboratory glove might be tested for its resistance to chemical permeation, ensuring the user's skin remains unexposed to potential toxins.

Course Takeaways

Upon completing this course, participants will:

  1. Gain comprehensive knowledge about various types of PPE, their functions, and materials.
  2. Understand the unique PPE requirements for different professions and their rationale.
  3. Be well-versed with the standards and testing methods for different PPE types, ensuring informed choices when selecting equipment for specific tasks.


Navigating the vast landscape of Personal Protective Equipment can be daunting, but with the right guidance, one can master the art of safety. Whether you're an employer aiming to ensure a safe workspace or an individual looking to enhance your professional toolkit, this course provides the insights you need. Join us in this journey of understanding and ensuring workplace safety, one equipment piece at a time.

Course Motivation


  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.8 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(333 votes)

Lesson 1: Personal Protective Equipment: The History

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is an all-encompassing term that includes gear worn by firefighters, miners, construction workers, etc., who wear in order for them to safely do their jobs. 7 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: PPE; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: OSHA's Influence in Personal Protective Equipment

The law creating the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was designed to give the authorization of the federal government to regulate and enforce all safety and health issues for the vast majority of the country's workers. 12 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Evaluating Workplace Hazards, Part I

It is the responsibility of the employer to identify any possible hazards in the workplace, and to provide the personal protective equipment (PPE) that will protect the worker as much as is feasibly possible. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: Workplace Injury
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Evaluating Workplace Hazards, Part II

The key to identifying the proper personal protective equipment is to identify the probable hazards in the workplace and to come up with the PPE that will best protect the worker from harm due to the hazards identified. 8 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Headgear and Footwear

Headgear and Footwear are both a vital component of PPE. 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Garments for PPE

Personal protective equipment garments are divided into full-body protective gear and partial-body protective gear. 11 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Ballistics Protection

Ballistic or "bullet proof vests" are items of personal protective equipment used in the military, security industry and in law enforcement that prevent impact from firearm-fired bullets and sharp shrapnel used in explosives. 9 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Arm, Hand, and Ear Protection

Personal protective equipment which is designed for the hands can also consist of protection of the arms. It was the military that initially spurred the invention of hearing protections. 12 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Respirators

A respirator is a PPE device, which is designed to protect those who wear it from the inhalation of harmful fumes, vapors, dusts, and gases. 9 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Eye and Face Protection

Face and eye personal protective equipment prevent the exposure of the eyes and face to biological hazards, chemical hazards, light hazards, and from physical hazards. 12 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Firefighter PPE

Firefighters are a unique set of employees who require a set of PPE that is specific to both their occupation and to various job descriptions within their occupation. 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: PPE for Beekeepers, Construction, Mining, and Military Areas

In this lesson, we'll look at specific industries and what PPE is most likely to be used in the industry. 10 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: PPE Performance Properties

Performance properties of PPE describe the specific characteristics of the PPE or PPE material that is successfully doing its job. 73 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: Performance of PPE; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what personal protective equipment is and why it is important.
  • Describe OSHA's influence in Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Evaluate workplace hazards.
  • Describe headgear and footwear.
  • Describe garments for PPE.
  • Describe ballistics protection.
  • Describe arm, hand and ear protection.
  • Describe respirators.
  • Describe eye and face protection.
  • Describe firefighter PPE.
  • Summarize PPE for beekeepers, construction, mining and military areas.
  • Evaluate PPE performance properties.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Personal Protective Equipment
Course Number: 7550185
Lessons Rating: 4.8 / 5 Stars (333 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: February 2024
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Linda Zavadil
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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