Competency in PPE Lesson Plan
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Competency in PPE Lesson Plan

Level of Understanding: This curriculum is designed at the Knowledge/Comprehension Level

Method of Instruction: Directed, Self-Paced/Self-Study Learning Model

Credit Hours: 4 hours of Training (.5 credit hour equivalent)

Purpose: This learning curriculum is designed to serve as a primer level course, introducing students to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration1

Learning Objectives: regulations regarding personal protective equipment.

At the conclusion of this module the students will be able to:
  1. Define and describe the various components of personal protective equipment
  2. Define and describe the relevant personal protective equipment terminology
  3. Identify and define the roles and responsibilities of the employee and employer in the use of personal protective equipment
  4. Identify and define the various governmental guideline(s) establishing personal protective equipment requirements
Learning Materials:

NFPA (2014) NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, 2014 Edition, Quincy, MA: National Fire Protection Association (Required) Specifically Chapters 3 and 13

Occupational Health and Safety Standards: (Required)

29 CFR, Part 1910, Subpart I; 1910, including Appendix A and Appendix B
29 CFR, Part 1910.132 – General Requirements
29 CFR, Part 1910.133 – Eye and Face Protection
29 CFR, Part 1910.134, including Appendix A, B and B2 – Respiratory Protection
29 CFR, Part 1910.135 – Head Protection
29 CFR, Part 1910.136 – Foot Protection
29 CFR, Part 1910.137 – Electrical Protective Devices
29 CFR, Part 1910.138 – Hand Protection


Students will be required to read the identified learning material and will be required to successfully challenge a comprehensive written examination. A passing score of 75% on the comprehensive written examination is required to receive credit for this program.

List of Relevant Terms:

Absorption Inhalation
Acute Exposure Injection
Air Purifying Respirator Maximum Use Concentration
Assigned Protection Factor Medical Evaluation
Atmosphere Supplying Respirator Negative Pressure Respirator
Chronic Exposure Oxygen Deficient
Cumulative Exposure Personal Protective Equipment
Demand Respirator Positive Pressure Respirator
Employee Qualitative Fit Test
Employer Quantitative Fit Test
Engineering Controls Respirator
Fit Factor Route of Exposure
Hazard Time Weighted Average
Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health Workplace

1 While the federal guidelines referenced in 29 CFR, Part 1910 ET. Seq. are referred to in this learning curriculum, it is understood that similar regulations in non-OSHA states may be cited in a different manner or format. Per federal regulations, each Non-OSHA state must have standards and guidelines that are equal to or exceed these federal guidelines.