How to Remove PPE

Updated February 21, 2017

Employers are required by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to provide personal protection equipment (PPE) in the workplace. OSHA requires employers to identify hazards and determine which require PPE. Hazards that require consideration for PPE are falling objects, objects that pose a threat of skin puncture, hazardous chemicals, rolling objects, excessive heat, dust and radiation. PPE provided by an employer includes goggles, gloves, hard hats, face shields and ear plugs or muffs. OSHA's standards for removing PPE are designed to protect the user from self-contamination. Always dispose of contaminated PPE in designated locations.

Wait until you exit the hazardous area before removing PPE. An example includes exiting a patient's room before removing PPE.

Remove gloves first. Grab the outside edge of the glove near your wrist and peel the glove away, turning it inside-out. Use one finger on the ungloved hand to slide under the second glove for removal. The gloves are the most contaminated part of PPE; removing them first helps protect you from contamination.

Take off your face shield or goggles. To prevent interference with additional PPE removal, your face shield or goggles are removed next by grasping the earpiece and pulling the goggles or shield away from your face.

Remove your gown. Loosen the ties and remove the gown at your neck or shoulder area. Roll the gown with the contaminated side folded to the inside.

Untie the mask or respirator. Remove it by starting at the bottom and then moving to the top ties. To remove a respirator, grab the bottom strap and lift it over your head. Next, take the top strap and remove it.


Use of PPE requires proper training.

Things You'll Need

  • Designated disposal
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