COVID-19 PPE - Frequently Asked Questions

Apr. 15, 2020

Question: What is PPE?

Response: Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses


Question: What types of equipment are considered part of PPE?

Response: Personal protective equipment include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, or coveralls, vests and full body suits.


Question: What is needed to determine the type of PPE required?

Response: An assessment of the workplace to determine if hazards are present that require the use of PPE. An initial assessment is completed when a new manager or supervisor is assigned and reviewed annually for any changes in job processes or products used.


Question: Where do I get the necessary PPE?

Response: From your supervisor or manager.


Question: What if there is a problem with my PPE?

Response: Employees should check their PPE for defects before each use. Unsafe PPE should be turned in to their supervisor or manager for replacement.


Question: Is training required when using PPE?

Response: Yes, it is required. Workers who are required to wear PPE should be trained in the following:

  • Knowing what PPE is required and when it is necessary.
  • How to wear it properly and limitations during use.
  • Putting on, adjusting, wearing and taking off PPE.
  • Properly maintaining and storing PPE.

Question: Where is PPE training?

Response: From their supervisor/manager and Vault Training System on the RMS website at https://www.unlv.edu/rms/safety-training/online


Question: What PPE is required to protect against routine workplace hazards?

Response: This PPE depends on employees’ job assignments and hazards in their work areas. At UNLV, managers and supervisors determine the PPE that should be used. Employees should check with their respective supervisor or manager for guidance.


Question: What PPE is required to protect against the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

For COVID-19 PPE recommendations, please see the guidance provided by the CDC, OSHA or your healthcare professional. A link to this guidance is available on the RMS Safety Tip which can be accessed at: https://www.unlv.edu/news-story/covid-19-employee-safety-tips.