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As the last line of defense in preventing on-the-job injuries or health-related issues, personal protective equipment (PPE) has long served an important purpose on jobsites, where hazards can be lurking around any corner. Falling objects, arc flash, contaminated air, chemicals, electric shocks and excessive noise are just a few of the perils that PPE can protect against. But when that PPE doesn’t fit right, looks awkward, or feels like overkill to a worker who’s been exposed to hazards on the job for decades, it may be cast aside or left in an employee’s locker. When that happens, simply explaining the...

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