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Levels of Protective Clothing
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coveralls, aprons, eye protection, foot protection, gloves
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Protective clothing, also called personal protective equipment or PPE, is worn in the workplace when hazards exist. The type of protective clothing required is determined by the types of hazards present.

Level A is the highest level of protective clothing. It is used when the contaminants present require a high degree of respiratory and skin protection. Vapor Protective Suits should be used with a full face self-contained breathing apparatus mask and chemical-resistant boots and gloves.

Level B protective clothing provides the same respiratory protection as Level A, but has less skin protection. Liquid-Splash Protective Suits must resist penetration by the chemicals present however. These suits are worn with a full-face self-contained breathing apparatus mask, chemical resistant boots and glove, and a hard hat.

Level C protective clothing has the same degree of skin protection as Level B, but lower respiratory protection. An air-purifying respirator and chemical resistant boots and gloves should be worn with Support Function Protective Garments.

Level D protective clothing is used to provide protection against normal workplace hazards, not against any chemical hazards. This category includes coveralls, aprons, eye protection, gloves, shoe covers, and more. Construction workers wear orange or yellow protective clothing and reflective clothing at night.
Posted by: Erica Slown  
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