Volunteer Training: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Category: Emergency Response

Course Summary

demonstrate the appropriate use of PPE

Intended Audience


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this part, you will be able to:

  • Explainwhy Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may be necessary for those acting as volunteers in a public health emergency
  • Describethe process for selecting PPE and ensuring its safe and effective use
  • Describethe use or non-use of PPE in recent events, and lessons learned
  • Listmost common types of PPE and the general purpose of each
  • Demonstratehow to correctly don and doft the most common types of PPE
  • Expalinthe appropriate use of PPE and other protocol (standard precautions, expanded precautions, and hand hygiene) in protecting yourself and others from infectious disease

Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Competencies identified

  • 1.4 Maintain Situational Awareness
    • 1.4.3 Use information and resources that identify changes in the situation and/or response
    • 1.4.7 Distinguish between critical and non-critical elements of the emergency
  • 4.2 Employ protective behaviors according to changing conditions, personal limitations, and threats
    • 4.2.1 Discuss the need to protect worker health and safety in emergencies and disasters
    • 4.2.3 Promote taking protective actions in response to current and changing threats
    • 4.2.8 Discuss public health worker’s roles and responsibilities in designing, implementing and evaluating engineering, administrative, work practice and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) control measures
    • 4.2.9 Organize a system for reporting injuries, illness, and potential emergency harmful exposures to protect workers
    • 4.2.10 Apply decontamination procedures as necessary during the emergency or disaster response
    • 4.2.11 Employ practices to minimize exposures to agents and hazards during an emergency

CEUs Offered





Online Self-Pace


1 hour

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts


Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

Registration requirements

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Creation and/or update

October 14, 2014

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