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It may sound like the latest techno-geek gadget, but PPE is the bureaucrat's way of saying Personal Protective Equipment. PPEs are a kind of working wardrobe designed to safeguard the health and physical well-being of working guys and gals on the job. There is PPE to cover your body from head to toe: Helmets, hard hats, safety eyewear, respiratory masks, chemical and Tyvek suits, gloves, footwear, and more. Which PPEs your workers wear to the jobsite will depend on the potential hazards of the particular job.