As per OHS Regulation part 8, employers are required to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for workers that is tailored to their specific working procedures. Other responsibilities include:
- Worker training on how to properly wear and take care of the PPE
- Cleaning and inspection protocols
- PPE fits the worker properly and is compatible with other PPE used
Workers are responsible for providing:
- Clothing needed for protection against the natural elements.
- General purpose work gloves and appropriate footwear, including safety footwear.
- Safety headgear
Hygienica can help you develop your PPE program and ensure that management and all workers are knowledgeable in their responsibilities regarding PPE.
WorkSafeBC Regulation 8.32 requires workers to wear respirators if there is a chance of exposure to hazardous airborne contaminants. These contaminants include but are not limited to gases or particulates such as dust, fibres, mists, bioaerosols and fumes.
It is the responsibility of employers to provide employees with appropriate respirators for the type of work they will be doing and ensure they have conducted a fit test to demonstrate the face piece forms and effective seal with the wearer's face as per WorksafeBC Regulation 8.40.
Fit tests must be conducted before initial use but may have to be additionally completed if there is a change to the system such as:
- A new respirator is being used
- There is a change to the physical appearance of the wearer such as weight loss/gain
HEAL offers both qualitative and quantitative fit testing, conducted by certified professionals that are capable of performing fit tests for workers on-site.
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