Personal Protective Equipment -PPE


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Course Description

This course is provided by Prepare Iowa and will require a secondary login and/or registration.


This course is designed for local public health agencies and professionals who may be involved in public health disasters. The goals of the course are to:


Increase awareness of the importance of using PPE in public health emergencies and crises.

Reinforce appropriate PPE in different crisis situations and biohazards.


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Target Audience

This course is designed for is local public health employees/ agencies and “on site” professionals who may be involved in public health emergencies such as flooding, disease outbreak, hurricanes and floods, debris cleanup, mass fatalities, or any other related public health emergencies.


Learning Objectives

Having completed this course, the learner will be able to:


Section 1: Importance of PPE

  • Explain the importance of PPE.

  • Describe lessons learned when personal protective equipment (PPE) is not used.


Section 2: Incidents, Hazards, and PPE

  • Identify different types and levels of PPE.

  • Match the hazards, risks, and the recommended PPE.

  • Describe the limitations of PPE in protecting yourself and others from injury.

  • Explain the appropriate use of PPE and other protocols (standard precautions, expanded precautions, and hand hygiene) in protecting yourself and others from infectious disease.


Section 3: Donning and Doffing PPE

  • Describe how to properly don, adjust, wear, and doff the most common types of PPE.

  • Explain how to maintain PPE properly.


Section 4: Activity - PPE Challenge!

  • Select the appropriate PPE for the given incidents.


Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)

  • 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.

  • 1.4.9 Develop a method for realigning response actions as crisis events evolve.

  • 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.

  • 4.2.2 Categorize potential threats and emergencies.

  • 4.2.3 Promote taking protective actions in response to current and changing threats.

  • 4.2.4 Describe the relationship among protective measures, behaviors, and reduction of worker risk of injury or illness.

  • 4.2.5 Describe the hierarchy of control measures.

  • 4.2.6 Describe how the selection of control measures may evolve as conditions change.

  • 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, illnesses, 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.

  • 4.2.13 Exhibit personal hygiene practices that minimize exposure to chemical, biological, or radiological agents that may be present during emergencies and disasters.

  • 4.2.14 Demonstrate proper use and maintenance of assigned Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in an emergency.

  • 4.2.15 Demonstrate correct donning of chemical protective clothing, respiratory protection, protective eyewear, protective footwear, hearing protection, gloves, and any other assigned Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

  • 4.2.16 Apply the proper methods to maintain, store, decontaminate and dispose of different types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


Professional/Disciplinary Competencies

Capability 14: Responder Safety and Health

  • Function 1: Identify responder safety and health risks

  • Function 2: Identify safety and personal protective needs

  • Function 3: Coordinate with partners to facilitate risk-specific safety and health training.

  • Function 4: Monitor responder safety and health actions



Online/ Self-study


Credit /CEU

None available



1 hr.



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Course Publication Date

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