According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS Act), any employees working in a situation where they may be exposed to risk or potential risk are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE).
Examples of PPE
shoes, hard hats, gloves, aprons, eye protection, ear protection
It is important to do a risk assessment of all work activities. If an employee is working in a situation where s/he may be exposed to risk or potential risk, s/he will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE).
TO ENSURE SAFE USE OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Wear safety glasses, goggles or face shields when conducting operations that produce flying objects such as operating chippers, grinders, sanders, chainsaw, stacking brush etc.
Wear chemical goggles when using, applying or handling chemical liquids or powders from containers labeled “CAUSTIC”, “CORROSIVE, WEAR EYE PROTECTION”
Wear a welding helmet or welding goggles during welding operations.
Wear dielectric gloves when working on/with electric current.
Wear ear plugs or ear muffs in areas posted “Hearing Protection Required” or near hard noise, chainsaws,power tools and vehicles.
Report damaged PPE to your supervisor immediately.
Conduct daily PPE inspections.
Know your PPE requirements for the specific operation you are conducting.
Wash your PPE as per label instructions.
Discard PPE that has been contaminated with hazardous substances in the same way as you would discard the hazardous substance.
Always tie your shoe laces securely.
Make sure you are wearing the correct size PPE.
Remember that your PPE remains the private property of the Company.
Remember that failure to wear the correct PPE can result in disciplinary action.
Keep your boots polished. It prolongs its life and aids in water proofing.
All new employees need to do the basic awareness course for PPE.
DON’T’S • Do not paint, or drill holes in your hard hats. • DO NOT ALTER YOUR PPE IN ANYWAY. • Do not wear hard hats that are dented or cracked. • Do not continue to work if your safety glasses become fogged. Stop work and clean the glasses until the lenses are clear and defogged. • Do not continue work if you’re PPE becomes damaged. • Do not attempt any operation if you do not know that operations PPE requirements. • Do not walk with boot shoe laces untied. • Do not wear head clothing underneath your hard hat. This could cause meningitis. • Do not use your PPE for any other purpose other than at your workplace.