Site Safety Assessment Guide

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

For PPE, depending on the project, you would put a check in any or all boxes to indicate which PPE is required. In some cases, specialized PPE may be required (e.g. fall restraint).

To read more information about a PPE program and the different types of PPE, please visit OSH Answers Fact Sheets - Personal Protective Equipment (CCOHS website)

PPE is very important but it is not the most preferred corrective action ("Elimination" of the hazard is most preferred).

However, when job conditions do require use of PPE it is essential that PPE (a) be used and (b) be used properly.

Example 1 – Non-Use of PPE:
Safety gloves, if required, are of little use if still tucked in the worker’s hip pocket.

Example 2 – Improper Use of PPE:
a respirator, if required, is of no benefit if not fitted properly.

  • B.C. Regulations state that the worker is responsible for providing their own general purpose work gloves, safety footwear, safety headgear, and clothing needed for protection against the natural elements. The Employer is responsible for providing all other protective equipment and clothing required by job conditions.
  • The Employee has a duty to properly use the PPE provided by the employer.
  • Any and all questions about correct PPE usage or equipment conditions should be brought to your crew leader.
  • All respirators need to be fit tested, ensuring a correct seal, in accordance with WorkSafeBC and CSA Standards.
  • Remember - a worker has the right to refuse unsafe work. PPE (in good working order) is a condition to be included in the definition of a 'safe workplace'.

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