PPE and Exposure Control

Exposure Control Methods

There are three general methods for controlling one's exposure to hazardous substances:

  • Engineering Controls
  • Work Practices and Administrative Controls
  • Personal Protective Equipment

In most cases, either one or a combination of these methods can be used to keep exposure below limits established by entities such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH).  The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) can evaluate whether a member of the University community’s exposure to hazardous agents exceeds available limits established by these organizations.  EHS can also make recommendations to eliminate or minimize potential exposure through providing specific guidance on engineering and administrative controls and personal protective equipment.


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Shaundree Davis
Senior Program Manager