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Mine Type: All Mines Category:   Personal Protective Equipment
Mine Safety and Health Administration
MSHA's Occupational Illness and Injury Prevention Program
Health Ideas


"Wear Your Protective Clothing, and Keep it Clean!"

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Protective Clothing

In addition to the use of engineering and administrative controls to reduce exposures to permissible levels, personal protective equipment (PPE) is used to supplement these measures. In fact, for a few occupations PPE may be your only means of protection. The following tips are for the use of health-related PPE in the mining industry.





Protective Clothing
  • Carefully choose your PPE appropriate to the situation. Contact your Health & Safety Coordinator or Industrial Hygienist for assistance.


  • Select your gloves to protect against the chemical or physical hazards that are present.


  • Clean and maintain your protective clothing per the manufacturer's instructions.


  • Always inspect your PPE before each use. Alert your supervisor and replace your PPE if you find a crack, puncture, tear, leak, or any unusual condition.


  • If an allergic reaction occurs (redden skin, rash, hives, etc.), alert your supervisor.
More information on personal protective clothing and equipment can be found using this link.

Issued: 03/20/2003
Tag # AP2002-H0009


If you have a tip you would like to pass on, you can e-mail it to MinersTips@msha.gov. If your tip is selected, you will receive credit in this space.