Personal protective equipment, including but not limited to gloves, shoe covers, eye protection and masks, helps to protect healthcare and janitorial workers from contact or exposure to infectious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance for the selection of PPE in healthcare settings, as well as for the donning, use and removal of the equipment.

Protecting janitorial staff from infections such as the flu, MRSA and c-diff is crucial for the health of the population of a building. Not only do janitors have to be sure to clean and disinfect surfaces, equipment and touch points in healthcare facilities, they also need to make sure they're not acquiring or spreading disease. PPE is an essential part of infection control for that reason.