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4.1 Policy 

The British Columbia Conservation Foundation is committed to ensuring the protection of workers from occupational hazards. Where hazards cannot be eliminated through engineering controls or substitution of materials, management will identify and make available the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The Personal Protective Equipment Program is in place to ensure that the required PPE is identified, provided and used properly. PPE requirements will be identified through the review of hazard assessments, and as prescribed by legislation. The required PPE will be communicated to workers during orientation, and review of the PSA.

Management and supervision will ensure that workers are knowledgeable of hazards associated with their work, and trained on proper use, care and maintenance of PPE per manufacturer instructions.

4.2 Responsibilities

Management

  • Determine the required PPE for each project.
  • Provide specialized PPE to workers if required.
  • Ensure workers are provided training on the use and care of PPE.
  • Wear required PPE when making site visits.
  • Replace defective or worn out specialized worker PPE.

Supervisors

  • Ensure workers are provided and aware of required PPE.
  • Provide workers with training on the appropriate selection and use of PPE.
  • Ensure the use of appropriate PPE.
  • Wear required PPE while working on site.

Workers

  • Report to work with required basic PPE (e.g. clothing for protection from the environment, safety footwear, safety headgear, general-purpose work gloves).
  • Use PPE in accordance with training and instruction.
  • Wear required PPE while working on site.
  • Maintain provided PPE.
  • Report defective PPE to supervision and management.

4.3 Program Overview 

The Personal Protective Equipment Program is in place to ensure that PPE requirements are identified and PPE is provided, used and maintained adequately. Appropriate selection, use and care of PPE is provided during orientations. The Personal Protective Equipment Guides are available electronically under the Personal Protective Equipment tab on the BCCF website.

Table 5 - Personal Protective Equipment Guides

Personal Protective Equipment Guides

Eye & Face Protection

Hand Protection

Head Protection

Hearing Protection

High Visibility Clothing

Foot Protection

Buoyancy Equipment

Leg Protection