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PPE Training & Certification

All options include a safety training PPE class, written PPE hazard assessment, and PPE hazard assessment form (a PPE checklist to use when administering a practical exam).


We Offer Three Types of PPE Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned PPE certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the PPE Training Course?

Our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) training course is built to regulation standards. This class discusses topics including establishing a program, classifications of PPE, hazards, and more.

In regards to PPE testing. This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written PPE hazard assessment included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a PPE checklist. This is a PPE hazard assessment form for employers to use when administering a practical exam.

While this training encompasses many important safety standards, you will still need to familiarize yourself with any other federal, state, and local standards that apply to your specific workplace.


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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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PPE Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1910 – General Industry, Subpart I, Personal Protective Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart C – General Safety and Health Provisions
  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart E – Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart M – Fall Protection
  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart P – Excavations
  • 29 CFR 1915 – Maritime Industry, Subpart I, Personal Protective Equipment
  • OSHA Act of 1970, 5(a)(1)
  • Canada Standards

  • CSA Standard Z94.4-02 – Selection, Care and Use of Respirators
  • CSA Standard Z94.3-07 – Eye and Face Protectors
  • CSA Standard Z94.1 – Protective Headwear
  • CSA Standard Z195-09 – Protective Footwear
  • CSA Standard Z94.2.02 – Hearing Protection Devices (Performance Selection, Care and Use
  • CSA-Z617-06 (R2011) – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Blunt Trauma
  • OSH Act sections 25, 27 and 28
  • Canada Labour Code, Part II Subsection 122.2, sections 125 and 126
  • International Standards

  • ANSI Z87.1-1989 – Eye and face Protection
  • ANSI Z89.1-1986 – Head Protection
  • ANSI Z41.1-1991 – Foot Protection

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need PPE Safety Training?

    OSHA doesn’t have a specific standard for PPE training. However, under the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are required to provide a workplace that “is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious harm to employees.” Likewise, Canada requires employers to provide a safe work environment for their employees.

    Because of these requirements, employers have a legal and ethical obligation to develop and maintain a workplace that is free from hazards associated with PPE. Employees have the right to work in an atmosphere that promotes the safety and well-being of all.

    Stay Informed On All Things PPE

    Did You Know?

    PPE has different levels of defense to accommodate different needs.

    Cleaning PPE affects the way PPE functions.

    PPE saved the lives of two of the ten archeologists re-investigating King Tutankhamun’s tomb in the 1970s. The others died because, at the time, they weren’t required to wear it.


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    Frequently Asked Questions

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    When should I use PPE?

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    PPE should be used to minimize exposure to workplace hazards that are not controlled by engineering or administrative protections.

    What kind of PPE do I need?

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    Choose PPE that fits well and comfortably for the entire time you’ll be using it. Depending on the hazards at your workplace, your employer will provide administrative, engineering, and work practice protections. Any hazard still extant after those protections have been implemented require PPE, and your employer will provide it for you. They must also offer training and monitoring after they have implemented a PPE program.

    What are the limitations of my PPE?

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    PPE might offer a false sense of security around hazards that are better addressed administratively or through engineering protections. PPE is ineffective when not worn or used properly, and the protections it offers are rarely fully achieved. Wearing PPE can restrict your movement or sensitivity. Ultimately, PPE should be a last resort.

    How do I make sure I’m using my PPE right?

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    Your employer must ensure that you use it correctly and provide you with training that shows you how. The information included in that training must include when to use PPE, and the minimum requirements for the hazards you are facing on the job. You’ll learn how to don it, adjust it, wear or use it, doff it when you’re done, and dispose of any single-use elements. You’ll also learn how to maintain and care for the equipment.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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