THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE GRAND VALLEY CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION

May - June 2024

GVCA DEPARTMENT - Safety

NOTICE PPE REQUIRED BEYOUD THIS POINT 5 TIPS YOUR BUSINESS SHOULD CONSIDER

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

A CHECK-UP FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Hard hats, eye protection, protective footwear, and reflective vests. These are just some types of personal protective equipment (PPE) construction workers carry with them to the job site each day. It is a big investment for many companies who provide PPE for workers.

In this article we share 5 tips your business should consider to ensure the PPE used in your workplace is compliant and protects workers.

1. Select the right type of PPE for the job

Many different models of PPE are available on the market. Assessing the hazards and risks workers may face on the job and consulting your supplier can ensure you make the right decision.   

Hard hats – The Construction Regulation requires that all workers wear hard hats. A CSA or ANSI Class E, Type 1 hard hat meets these requirements.

Foot protection – The law also requires that workers wear safety boots with a steel toe cap. A green patch containing the letters “CSA” indicates these are Grade 1 boots and are suitable for construction sites.

Eye protection – If safety glasses or other protective eyewear are required in your workplace, they should be certified by CSA or ANSI. It is a good idea to consult a qualified eye care professional about safety glasses for workers who require prescription lenses.

High-visibility apparel – Workers who work near moving vehicles must wear a reflective vest. A Class 2 vest is suitable for most situations. Work carried out in low-light conditions or at night requires the use of a Class 3 vest.

Regardless of which types of PPE are required on your jobsite, it is important to understand the hazards and risks in the work, legal requirements, and the different levels of protection each provides.

2. Get comfortable.

Ask your PPE supplier for samples of different models of PPE and get feedback from your workers before making a purchase for your workplace. Comfort and style are important factors to ensure PPE is used properly.

 3. Review the manufacturer’s instructions very carefully.

Inspecting PPE, how to put it on and take it off, conditions of use, its limitations, and maintenance are just some of the information typically found in the manufacturer’s instructions.

4. Provide PPE training and instruction.

Workers should know the hazards and risks they face in the work they do, how to select the right type of PPE if more than one is available to them, how to put it on and take it off, and how to inspect, maintain and store it.

5. Document your company’s PPE requirements.

Your health and safety program should include provisions for PPE use in your workplace. In addition to outlining responsibilities and other elements, consider addressing the following topics in your program:

a. Hazards and risks

b. Evaluating better ways to control hazards before requiring PPE

c. Process for selecting PPE

d. Training workers.

PPE is commonly used by workers, but it is important that your business re-evaluate PPE use in your workplace to ensure compliance and minimize risk. GVCA members who participate in the Health and Safety Excellence program (HSEp) not only may be eligible for financial incentives from the WSIB, but they can also receive guidance on bolstering elements of their health and safety program, such as PPE.

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New legislation

Effective July 1, 2023, there will be stronger requirements for fitting personal protective equipment and the supply of hygiene facilities on construction projects.

Significant changes that will need to be implemented are in bold:

Protective Clothing, Equipment and Devices Add (4) Personal protective clothing and equipment that is provided, worn or used shall be a proper fit, having regard to all relevant factors including body types.

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