PPE is the equipment workers wear to reduce exposure to workplace hazards.

However, PPE should be the last line of defense. All methods of controlling hazards, including elimination, substitution, engineering controls, and administration controls should be attempted before PPE is selected.

Choose protection that meets the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) requirements. PPE must be worn according to manufacturer specifications.

An employer must ensure that the worker:

  • Is made aware of why the PPE is to be used,

  • Is trained how to inpect, test, and use the PPE,

  • Is aware of the health and safety risks of PPE limitations,

  • Is given PPE that is appropriate for the risk and meets applicable standards,

  • Is properly fitted for the PPE,

  • And will not be adversely affected in safety or health by the PPE.

An employer must ensure that the PPE:

  • Is supplied to the worker at no cost,

  • Is fit for purpose by inspecting it and testing it or carrying out any pre-use procedure,

  • Is stored in a location that is clean, secure, and readily accessible by the worker,

  • Is immediately repaired or replaced if defective,

  • And is immediately replaced with clean or decontaminated equipment if rendered ineffective by contamination of a hazardous substance.