Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is specialized clothing or equipment worn to protect someone against a hazard including an infectious disease.

Notes: PPE can range from:

  • Face Masks.
  • Pair of gloves.
  • Isolation Gowns.
  • Goggles.
  • Boots.
  • A combination of gear that might cover some or all of the body.


(Source: Business Continuity Management Institute - BCM Institute)


2. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is barrier protection to be used by an individual to prevent disease transmission. PPE may include gowns, gloves, masks, goggles, or face shields. The type of mask (surgical, N95, or powered, air-purified respirator) is disease-specific and defined in the type of precautions.

(2006, Vermont Department of Health. Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan)


3. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is isolation gowns, masks, gloves, boots and goggles used in combination as a barrier between infectious agents and mucus membranes, skin and clothing.

(Source: EbolaDeeply )