which preposition is better: against or for

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JACEK1

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Hello.
Should I say:
Personal protection equipment against burns and UV radiation should be used.
or
Personal protection equipment for burns and UV radiation should be used?
I fully support the first version but I may be wrong.
What is your take on that?
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The first makes more sense because we protect ourselves against things but you'll see/hear the second, with for, quite frequently in BrE.

You could get around the issue by saying "Burn and UV radiation protection should be used" but I prefer the original.
 

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I suggest that for is better as the subject is equipment, not protection.

protect against something
equipment for something
 

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I would say that the subject is "personal protection equipment".
 

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I would say that the subject is "personal protection equipment".

That's what I meant. The 'head' of this subject noun phrase is equipment.
 

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The equipment protects against UV. I'd use that word.
 
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