Safetip #37: Personal Protective Equipment Program Training
PPE Training Is More Than About the Proper Use of PPE
When people think about PPE training, the first thing that comes to mind is training that covers how to wear and adjust PPE, and how to take good care of PPE. While this type of training is obviously important to ensure the proper use of PPE and therefore improve safety, there are other topics and aspects about a PPE program that should also be covered. Some of these topics are highlighted by an OSH Answers Fact Sheet from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS), and include:
- The main objectives of the PPE program.
- How engineering controls have been considered as the primary prevention strategy.
- The hazards faced by workers and how PPE protects workers from these hazards. The point must be made that workers are not being told to wear PPE simply because legislation or the company management requires it. There are tangible safety and health benefits as well.
Here are additional instructions and best practices also provided by CCOHS regarding PPE program training:
- Training can be conducted on an individual basis or in group meetings.
- Both workers and their supervisors require training, not just the former.
- In addition to workers who are exposed on a regular basis, training regarding the use of PPE should also include workers who might be exposed on an occasional basis (e.g. in emergencies or when temporary work is performed in dangerous areas).
When developing a PPE training program, look at the big picture, not just the equipment itself that will be used by workers.
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