PPE Training Online


PPE Training, designed by trainers with 15+ years of onsite training experience. The estimated time for this training is 90 – 120 min. Read The Ultimate Guide to PPE at the bottom of this page.

  • OSHA-Authorized: OSHA-authorized courses that are reviewed yearly & updated to meet the latest standards.
  • Instant Access: After purchasing, you'll have immediate access to the online course.
  • Printable Certificates: Upon completion, you will receive a printable certificate and OSHA wallet card.
  • For Businesses: We offer company accounts and bulk discounts.


What’s in the PPE 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. This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam. For more information on PPE check out PPE Equipment: The Ultimate Guide at the bottom of this page.

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 90 – 120 min.

Intended Audience:

  • Employees
  • Supervisors

OSHA Requirements: This course meets the following OSHA Requirements:

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

Why Take Our Online P.P.E. Training?

Our online training course provides a substantial, thorough, and effective way to learn how to work safely. We’ve been providing industry-specific safety training solutions for individuals, safety managers, and business owners for over 15 years.

The online course meets the classroom requirement for occupational safety training. It also includes a proficiency checklist that employers can use to perform a practical evaluation, in accordance with standards and regulations.

We have fine-tuned this training to provide you with the best experience possible. Our robust training approach gives an interactive experience that helps learners retain information and apply it on the job site, preventing costly accidents and fines. Safety training is an investment. That is why hundreds of companies and individuals all over the world trust the Hard Hat Training Series for their online training needs.

Why Buy Our Online Personal Protective Equipment Training?

  • Complete Training: First and foremost our goal is to keep you safe and save you money. Don't risk getting expensive OSHA fines because you settled for a sub-par training program that didn't cover safety topics in depth. Train using a program that helps you retain what is learned so that it is put into practice on job sites.
  • Cost-Effective: Hiring a trainer to come on-site can be expensive. In contrast, our online curriculum lowers costs while still providing a professional training experience.
  • Records Tracking System: We offer an easy-to-use management system so that if you have multiple students who are receiving the training you can have access to all records, all-terrain certificates, observation guides and more! (contact us if you would like us to quickly create a company account for you)
  • Train Your Way: You can use this online training program for new hire training, refresher training or train remotely. Access it from anywhere and work on your schedule.
  • Interactive Learning: Special reminders and quiz questions throughout the course prep students for the final exam so that it is passed the first time.
  • Corporate License: Do you want to host this course on your own server? Contact us about obtaining broadcasting rights for this and any of our other online courses.

Learn who’s responsibility it is to provide and pay for personal protective equipment in this article and how often PPE should be replaced in this one.

PPE Equipment: The Ultimate Guide

What is PPE?

The term PPE is an acronym that stands for personal protective equipment. Personal protective equipment is defined as “any equipment that is worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses” (OSHA). 

How PPE Impacts Safety

PPE protects the user against any physical harm or hazards that the workplace environment may present. It is important because it exists as a preventative measure against injury and illness in the workplace. When employees neglect to wear or are not provided with PPE, serious consequences are sure to follow. Take this case study as an example:

Fred was a part of a construction crew that was working on some new commercial buildings for the city. The crew had fallen behind schedule due to some heavy rain storms that had happened the previous week. They were all rushing to finish before the week ended. Fred was tasked with adding wiring to the lower floors of the building while the roof was being insulated. It was a very hot day and Fred could not keep the sweat out of his eyes. He finally got annoyed enough to take his hard hat off for a bit to cool down while he was working. Unfortunately, about 10 minutes later, one of his coworkers working above Fred dropped an unsecured wrench from his work post. The wrench fell 25 feet before hitting Fred in his head, knocking him unconscious. He was rushed to the hospital and died later from a traumatic brain injury. 

In this example, wearing the proper PPE on the job site could have saved Fred’s life. At a minimum, he would have gotten a concussion, but he still would have had his life. Unfortunately, accidents like this happen every day within every work industry. What’s even worse is that most, if not all, of accidents like Fred’s could have been prevented. 

What OSHA Has to Say About It

According to OSHA, employers are required to provide PPE to their employees and ensure it is used properly. Employers are also required to train their employees on:

  • When PPE is necessary
  • What kind they should use
  • How to properly put it on, adjust, wear, and take it off
  • Limitations of their equipment
  • Proper care, maintenance, and disposal

The implementation of a PPE program is also required if personal protective equipment must be used on a jobsite. This program should address:

  • Hazards present in the workplace
  • Selection, maintenance, and use of PPE
  • Employee training
  • Assessment of the program to ensure its effectiveness

OSHA requires many different standards and requirements when it comes to PPE. OSHA addressed PPE specifically in their standards for general industry, maritime, and construction. In each standard it states that many of the different categories of PPE should be equivalent to the standards that were developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). 

Different Types of Personal Protective Equipment

There are many different types of PPE. Most of the types can be broken down and categorized into seven different groups. These seven categories of PPE are: 

  1. Eye protection
  2. Head protection
  3. Foot and leg protection
  4. Hand and arm protection
  5. Body protection
  6. Hearing protection
  7. Respiratory protection 

Throughout the next couple of sections, we will go into detail about each group of PPE. We will discuss different types within that category, how to use that type, and how to take care of your PPE.  

Eye Protection

Eye protection is specifically designed to reduce the risk of hazard exposure to the eyes. There are four primary groups of eye protection:

  1. General safety glasses
  2. Laser safety glasses
  3. Chemical splash goggles 
  4. Impact goggles

When it comes to deciding what type of eye protection employees need to wear there are some factors to be considered. Some of these factors include eye protection that is:

  • Able to protect you against your specific workplace hazards
  • Reasonably comfortable to wear and fits properly
  • Durable and easy to clean
  • Allows unrestricted functioning of any other PPE you are wearing

Head Protection

Protecting employees from potential head injuries is a key element in any safety program. A head injury has the potential to impair an employee for life and even kill them. The most common types of head protection are safety helmets or hard hats. In general, protective helmets or hard hats should:

  • Resist penetration from objects
  • Absorb the shock of an impact
  • Be water-resistant and slow burning
  • Fit snugly or accommodate proper adjustment

Foot and Leg Protection

Employees who are at risk of sustaining any possible foot or leg injuries should always be wearing foot or leg protection. This would include protection from hazards such as exposure to dangerous substances, electrical hazards, or the possibility of being crushed or caught in -between items. Some examples of the available foot and leg PPE choices could include:

  • Leggings
  • Metatarsal guards
  • Toe guards
  • Combination foot and shin guards
  • Safety shoes

Hand and Arm Protection

If a workplace assessment reveals that the employees could encounter a hazard that would cause hand or arm injuries, employers are responsible for ensuring that the employees wear proper protective equipment. Protective gloves are among the most common types of hand and arm protection. There are a variety of protective gloves to choose from, each with their own unique features. 

  • Light latex, vinyl, and nitrile gloves: These gloves are the best choice for employees who work around or near biological hazards, such as human blood or bodily fluids. 
  • Light chemical resistant gloves: As the name suggests, this type of hand protection is a good choice for employees who work with small amounts of corrosive liquids or flammable compounds. 
  • Heavy chemical resistant gloves: These types of gloves are optimal for employees who work with large amounts of dangerous or toxic solvents. 
  • Insulated gloves: Gloves that are insulated are generally used when working around hot liquids, open flames, cryogenic liquids, or electrical hazards. 
  • Wire Mesh Gloves: These gloves are commonly worn by employees who work with live animals.  
  • Fabric gloves: This type of PPE protects against dirt, slivers, chafing, and abrasions. 
  • Coated fabric gloves: By adding the coating, these fabric gloves become slip-resistant.
  • Leather gloves: These gloves are the best for employees who perform any kind of hot work.

Body Protection

There are many types of workplace hazards that could cause bodily injuries. Some examples of those hazards could include:

  • Extreme temperatures
  • Hot liquid splashes
  • Potential bodily impacts
  • Hazardous chemicals

Employers are required to ensure that their employees wear PPE only for the parts of the body that are exposed to possible injury. Some general examples of body protection are listed below.

  • Laboratory coats
  • Coveralls
  • Vests
  • Jackets
  • Aprons
  • Surgical gowns
  • Full body suits

Hearing Protection

Determining whether employees need to use hearing protection can be difficult. Employee exposure to excessive noise depends on many varying factors. However, the general rule of thumb is the louder the noise, the shorter the exposure time before hearing protection is required. There aren’t many options when it comes to hearing conservation. 

  • Single-use ear plugs: These are made of waxed cotton, foam, silicone, rubber, or fiberglass wool. They are self-forming and sometimes work as well as molded ear plugs.
  • Pre-formed or molded ear plugs: These must be individually fitted by a professional and can be disposable or reusable. If they are being reused, they should be cleaned after each use.
  • Earmuffs: These entail a perfect seal around the ear. Glasses, facial hair, long hair, or facial movements may reduce the protective value of earmuffs (OSHA). 

Respiratory PPE: Protecting Your Health

There are many different types of respirators that all work differently when it comes to respiratory protection. For example, a filtering facepiece respirator is disposable and filters out particles such as dust or mist but does not provide protection against gasses and vapors. 

On the other hand, a supplied-air respirator is connected to a separate source that supplies clean compressed air through a hose. While a supplied air-respirator does allow employees to work around certain gasses and vapors, they do not provide protection in an environment that is immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH). Some other examples of different respirators would include: 

  • Elastomeric half facepiece
  • Elastomeric full facepiece
  • Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPRs)
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBAs)
  • Combination respirators

COVID-19 PPE for Infection Control: FDA

PPE is commonly used in health care settings such as hospitals, doctors offices, and clinical labs. When used properly, PPE acts as a barrier between infectious materials and your skin, mouth, nose, or eyes. This barrier has the potential to block transmission of contaminants. When used correctly and with other infection control practices such as hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes, PPE minimizes the spread of infection from one person to another.

*Disclaimer: While there are many workplaces and positions where COVID regulations are still in place and required, this is not true for every work environment. It is important for your safety, as well as others, to follow all of your workplace’s policies and procedures.

PPE Working Safety Requirements

There are a few things that employers and employees should do on a regular basis when it comes to promoting safety and proper PPE in the workplace: 

  • Check worksites regularly for the need of PPE
  • Maintain PPE in sanitary and ready-to-use conditions
  • Inspect protective helmets periodically for damage to the shell and suspension system
  • Establish safe work procedures for disposing of or decontaminating PPE

Other Training Options:

We offer two other types of training for this course. The other training types are DIY training kits and a train the trainer certification course. An identical final exam and OSHA-aligned safety training certificate applies, no matter which of the three format options you choose below.

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Our online trainings are great for those who want to learn at their own pace and on their own time. Online trainings can be completed from any location, eliminating the need for expensive seminars.

Employers can assign employees specific trainings and keep track of their progress and exam scores. We also offer group trainings, company accounts, and even bulk discounts for businesses.

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Training Kit

Our kits are the perfect resource for those who want the freedom of training employees themselves. Unlike traditional trainings that are taken once, the kit offers a complete initial training as well as activities and materials to train employees long after they’ve been certified.

These materials include practical evaluations, exams, toolbox trainings, accident profiles, ect.

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Train the Trainer

Train-the-trainer courses allow employers to take full control of the training process. Employees who take these courses are fully certified to use the training kit and train others.

This means that employers can hold training seminars and courses without the need for third-party trainers. We will also include a training presentation and materials to train others.

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Save Big By Buying Course Seats (Credits) In Bulk!

When you purchase (credits) you are essentially buying seats in a virtual classroom. You may assign any employee(s) to any class(es) at any time until those (seats) have all been assigned.

Whether you are looking to save on a few guys or your whole crew, we make it affordable for everyone to get safety training. These discounts are available on all of our online trainings! Look below to see the breakdown of what you can save when you buy your course seats (credits) in bulk with Safety Provisions.

Online Safety Training FAQs

What does each online class cover?

Generally speaking, each course covers the following: 1. Overview of the Course/Introduction to the Equipment 2. Anatomy, including pre-shift inspections 3. Stability Principles 4. Common Hazards/Accident Profiles 5. Safe Operation 6. Rigging and Hand Signals (for crane courses only).

How long is the course?

Trainees go at their own pace, but in general each class (including the exam) takes anywhere from 2 to 2.5 hours. We recommend planning for two or more so you don’t end up rushing through the exam.

Are these courses OSHA-aligned?

All of our Hard Hat Training online courses were built and continue to be updated by our trainers and inspectors using OSHA and ANSI guidelines. But it is important to understand that by OSHA-aligned, we mean it follows to the best of our ability the best practices and safety principles put forth by OSHA. In an online format, it is not possible to cover every code for every situation or hazard across every industry. For this reason, our safety training solutions are tools to further knowledge and help employers train and/or certify their crew. But just because a course or program is OSHA-aligned it does not necessarily mean a company as a whole will be aligned or avoid citation if OSHA were to audit them. There is so much more that goes into collective company alignment with OSHA. For example, workers need to be observed applying in the field what they learned in the classroom. This observation/practical exam should be done by trainers, supervisors, or other designated competent persons. Whether you use our training kits or online courses, we provide guides to help employers do this. Other things that need to be done for ultimate alignment may include but are not limited to: addressing with your crew any gaps in the training or additional hazards or principles specific to your work situation; creating, training on, and enforcing and abiding by written safety programs (also known as plans or procedures); and performing regular inspections and risk assessments.

Are the e-learning classes up-to-date with OSHA standards?

Yes, all of our Hard Hat Training online courses are up-to-date with the latest OSHA standards. As standards change, we make changes to the courses. If you purchase any of our online courses outright, though, it will then be your responsibility to update the course in accordance with any changes to the standard.

Does this course certify or qualify me?

There is a lot of confusion among operators and even companies about what it means to be certified or qualified. Simply put, no, a course does not certify anyone, only an employer does. Or, in other words, because it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure an employee is properly trained, it is also his or her responsibility to say when the employee is “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.” The online courses, like our training kits on CD or USB Drive or even live training via a 3rd party, is just a tool to help them in doing so.

According to OSHA, all operators of heavy equipment must receive operator training. Proper training must include a classroom portion including a written exam, as well as a practical hands-on portion/exam wherein the operator is observed operating the machine. The online course satisfies the required classroom portion of the training. Upon completion of the course and written exam, the safety administrator of the company will receive a checklist which can be used to observe the trainee on the machine. When done successfully, the administrator signs the bottom of the form. At this point, unless further training is required by your employer, you have done everything required by OSHA to be considered by your employer as “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.”

If I pass this class and exam can I take my certification and get a job anywhere?

See “Does this course certify me?” This will depend on your employer. Remember, it is their responsibility to see that you are trained and if there is ever an accident, it is they who will have to prove to OSHA that they trained you sufficiently. Because of this, while some smaller businesses may simply accept your certificate and a copy of your test, more often than not they will require you to go through their own training program. This is their right to do so. It is their further responsibility to train you in accordance with the job, site, equipment, etc. Having said that, we have fielded many calls from potential employers who wanted to learn more about the classroom portion of the training we offered. After hearing our explanation, they accepted the online class as satisfying the classroom portion of the required training and proceeded to do their own practical.

How long is the training good for?

OSHA standards dictate that safety certification needs to be completed at least once every three years. Since no online course can provide “certification,” these courses will combine with your onsite practical training to fulfill OSHA’s requirements for up to three years. Having said that, refresher training is required sooner if an employee changes sites or jobs, is asked to operate a different type of the equipment, is involved in a near-miss or accident, or is observed operating the machine in a dangerous manner.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, upon successful completion of the course and exam, you will have immediate electronic access to your test, a certificate, and a checklist you can use for the practical hands-on portion of the training. Simply print them off.

How many people can use this course? Can I play it for several employees at the same time?

When a course is assigned to an employee, only that employee can take the course. There are many reasons for this, but most importantly the course is designed to train that one employee per OSHA regulations. Also, there is a final written exam at the end that will be linked to the trainee assigned. OSHA requires proof of training and if multiple people were to sit in on that one course, they would not get credit for taking it.

Can I customize the classes?

Your business’s learning portal can be completely customized for your employees including colors and logo. Additionally, if you purchase our courses outright to be used on your own company LMS (learning management system), you also get the right to rebuild them and customize them to meet your own needs. If you have Adobe Captivate, which we use to build our courses, customization is even easier.

Are SCORM/Tin Can options available for use on our own company LMS?

All of our online courses are designed to be SCORM-compatible and can be easily uploaded to your company’s current SCORM-friendly LMS. You can license their use annually or purchase them outright. Licensing or purchasing them outright does not, however, give you the right to resell or distribute our courses to parties other than those whom you are training.

If we buy or license the eLearning courses for use on our own LMS, can you customize them for us?

Yes, we have done and continue to do this for clients. Pricing depends on the extent of customization requested. Please contact us for a quote.

Can I resell these trainings?

We do have resale options available. Contact us regarding resale opportunities.

How do I Look Up My OSHA Alignment Safety Certification?

So, you have already purchased a course from us, taken the online training, and passed the certifaction exam with flying colors. Now what? Most people want to print off a copy of thier OSHA Alignment Safety Certification and keep it for your records. Learn how to do that.


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How Does Online Training Work?

Each employee or individual takes the online course at their own pace. Quiz questions are included along the way to prepare for the final exam (Employers or managers may assign employees to specific safety courses). Quiz questions are included along the way to prepare for the final exam.

Instant access to your safety certification and wallet card is granted when the online course is completed and the subsequent online exam is passed. Once the online exam is passed, administer the practical exam. We suggest correcting any mistakes and having the trainee initial the edit on the practical exam sheet. Congratulations! You have finished your online safety training course.


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