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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Personal Protective Equipment

It is important that the type of personal protective equipment selected, must match the hazard to which the worker is being exposed. Failure to choose the correct personal protective equipment may result in an increased hazard to the wearer. If in any doubt about what type of equipment is required, contact the Occupational Health and Safety Department for guidance.

Thompson Rivers University recognizes that some of the potential hazards which exist throughout our operations cannot be managed through the use of administrative or engineering controls, and they will require that people who are exposed to these potential hazards use personal protective equipment (PPE) to safeguard them from the harmful effects.

It is the responsibility of all supervisors, workers and students to ensure that when personal protective equipment (PPE) is necessary for the protection of any individual, it is readily available and used by anyone when required by the various regulations and/or any Safe Work Procedure (SWP).

Compliance with the regulations and any procedure as set out in the Occupational Health and Safety Program Manual shall apply to all faculty, staff, students and outside contractors.

Where required by the WCB regulations to protect an employee of TRU from the hazards of a specific task, all necessary types of personal protective equipment, with the exception of footwear, shall be provided by TRU. Students will be required to provide their own PPE where necessary. Instructors will be responsible to ensure that the appropriate types of personal protective equipment which will be required for a specific course are identified to students.

Requirements of specific tasks

The PPE requirements discussed in this section relate to general use. Where specialized activities (i.e. work with radioactive materials, confined space entry, laboratory activities, etc.) have precise requirements for PPE, the safe work procedures written to cover those operations shall take precedence over this section.

General requirements

All personal protective equipment shall be maintained in good working order and in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Where any item of PPE shows signs of deterioration it shall be replaced.

No item of personal protective equipment or personal clothing shall be used in any manner where that item of clothing or equipment will create a hazard to the user.

Personal clothing

Personal clothing often provides a first level of protection against injury. All employees/students shall equip themselves with clothing suitable for protection against the natural elements to which the persons will be exposed while engaged in TRU activities.

When working in any position where they are exposed to potentially hazardous conditions, persons will be required to wear the following clothing to provide basic protection:

  • Long sleeved shirts or blouses
  • Long pants
  • Footwear which encloses the foot

Where there is a danger of contact with moving parts of machinery or with electrically energized equipment or similar hazards:

  • clothing shall fit closely about the body, and
  • dangling neckwear, bracelets, wristwatches, rings or similar articles shall not be worn, and
  • head and/or face hair shall be confined or worn at a length which will prevent it from being snagged or entangled in the work activity or process.