The University of Pennsylvania is committed to providing and promoting a safe and healthy learning, teaching and research environment. Penn establishes this Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Plan to protect staff from potential health and safety hazards associated with the handling and use of hazardous chemicals, heavy machinery and workplace chemicals.  PPE should be used in conjunction with engineering controls, administrative controls and good work practices.  Whenever engineering controls are not available or capable of providing complete protection, an employee must wear PPE.