Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective EquipmentWhat is personal protective equipment

Personal protective equipment is any device worn by a worker to protect against hazards. Some examples are respirators, gloves, ear plugs, hard hats, safety goggles, and safety shoes or boots.

What the law says

Section 25(1) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires employers to

  • provide equipment, materials and protective devices
  • make sure they are used as prescribed
  • maintain them in good condition

The OHSA also requires workers to use or wear the equipment, protective devices or clothing that has been prescribed.

How personal protective equipment affects your business

The best way to manage hazards in the workplace is to find ways to eliminate them. Sometimes, however, the use of personal protective equipment becomes the only option to prevent injury or illness and to protect workers from those hazards. Those injuries and illness can affect your employee morale, your production and quality, and also your company's bottom line.

  • An average WSIB claim is $11,771
  • Factor in other costs like lost productivity and staff replacement, and the cost can be as much as four times more - approximately $59,000 per injury
  • With a profit margin of 5%, sales/services required to cover the total cost of one injury equals about $1.2 million

(Source: WSIB "Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls in the Workplace")

What you can do

PPE is considered the last line of defense against a workplace hazard, and is to be used only if the hazard cannot be eliminated or controlled in other ways. Establish a PPE program that will consider the hazards that require PPE, procedures for selection and fitting, maintenance and storage, monitoring use and training.

Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

Integrating health and safety into your workplace is good business.  WSPS’ consultants employ a results-based approach to health, safety and environment, focused on building self-reliance,  and enabling your organization to implement, manage and continually improve your health and safety programs.

E-Courses

Personal Protective Equipment: The Basics (English) (1 hour)

Personal Protective Equipment: The Basics (English) (1 hour)

This course covers the basics of PPE, including practical tips, programs, limitations, legal responsibilities.
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$49.00

Personal Protective Equipment: The Basics (French) (1 hour)

Personal Protective Equipment: The Basics (French) (1 hour)

This course covers the basics of PPE, including practical tips, programs, limitations, legal responsibilities.
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$49.00

Downloads

Eye Safety

Eye Safety

"Goggle Up" in the workplace

Did you know that up to 90% of eye injuries are entirely preventable?

In 2011 across the province, there were almost 25,000 eye injuries requiring care from a hospital and/or from an eye surgeon. It is estimated that 90% of these injuries could have been prevented with the use of protective eyewear.

This downloadable infographic shows how easy it is to prevent eye injuries and reduce to the number of eye injuries in Ontario. It's simple! Just remember to "Goggle up".

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Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment

In general, there are many types of jobs or tasks that require PPE to protect workers from harm.  Always wear the appropriate PPE for the hazards that may be encountered in the job or that is required by your employer, or by legislation.
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Articles

New! Revitalized machine safeguarding standard

New! Revitalized machine safeguarding standard

A lot has changed in the last 12 years when it comes to machine safety: technology, hazard combinations, solutions, and even the scope of health and safety. These changes have prompted a comprehensive updating of CSA's 2004 (R2014) machine safeguarding standard.

Jan 17, 2017
New for 2017: Warehouse Safety Conference

New for 2017: Warehouse Safety Conference

Warehouses and distribution centres face unique challenges when it comes to health and safety. It's especially important for these facilities to stay up to date with health and safety best practices because of the nature of their environment. The 2017 Warehouse Safety Conference will tackle the issues specifically facing warehouses and distribution centres in today's ever changing climate. Learn about the latest legislation impacting your company and how to avoid hazards and liability, while networking with your peers at the 2017 Warehouse Safety Conference, February 21-23 in Mississauga.

Jan 13, 2017
Can your respirator program accommodate hipster beards and other physical changes?

Can your respirator program accommodate hipster beards and other physical changes?

The term "fashion victim" takes on new meaning when the trendy full beards hipsters are sporting start interfering with respirator face seals. Wagish Yajaman, occupational hygienist and supervisor of WSPS' Technical Services, sees this firsthand in workplaces he visits.

Apr 04, 2016
Protective toe overshoe gets its own CSA standard

Protective toe overshoe gets its own CSA standard

You wouldn't wear protective overshoes to a fancy-dress gala, but those big unsightly galoshes that briefly turn a pair of pricey dress shoes into circus attire deserve more respect in safety-conscious workplaces. And they're finally getting it. The protective toe overshoe now has its own Canadian Standards Association standard - CSA Z334. The standard was published on January 1, 2015, and manufacturers have a year to comply.

Feb 09, 2015
October blitz: personal protective equipment

October blitz: personal protective equipment

In October, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) will be conducting a month-long inspection blitz on personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes anything workers wear to protect themselves from dangers in the workplace. For example: respirators, gloves, earplugs, hard hats, safety goggles, and safety shoes or boots. Find out what inspectors will be looking for, and how to mount a PPE program.
Oct 11, 2011