Course Description

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. This online class discusses the various hazards that personal protective equipment is designed to protect the worker from and outlines the various pieces of personal protective equipment, such as hand wear, footwear, face protection, eye protection, garments, partial garments and other equipment used to protect the physical body, eyesight and hearing for workers who work in various capacities. The types of personal protective equipment vary with job descriptions and are described in detail, according to body parts protected.  Each item is defined in terms of its use, its common function, and the materials utilized to make the various parts of personal protective equipment.
This course also includes separate modules for different job descriptions--such as firefighters, construction workers, beekeepers, the military and even the police department. Those working in firefighting, as is shown in the course, wear completely different personal protective equipment as do workers working in a chemistry laboratory or in a beekeeping facility.  The equipment is explained, the materials they are made of is discussed and the standards to which they must adhere to is explained.
Personal protective equipment must be tested for its ability to maintain its integrity and properly do its job.  Standards are discussed in this course and vary depending upon which type of equipment a person is dealing with.  We'll identify the standards and their varying degrees of protectability for various uses.

  • 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

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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)
  • 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
Course Requirements: View Course Requirements
Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (314 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $75.00 U.S. dollars

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