Personal protective equipment (PPE) includes clothing, respiratory devices, hard hats, eye protection, gloves and other barriers used to prevent exposure. Required PPE will depend on the task being performed and the level of exposure. Other controls higher up the hierarchy of controls, such as engineering controls and work practices, should be instituted first and prioritized over PPE.
Construction laborers and other LIUNA members can face safety and health hazards from many different tools on site. In addition to sprain and strain injuries, tools such as hand and power tools, compressed air, electrical cords, ladders and many other tools LIUNA members use on a daily basis can lead to serious injuries to the eyes, hands, feet and other parts of the body.