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Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a worker’s last defense against injury and death, when eliminating workplace hazards is not possible. Employers, supervisors, and workers all have responsibilities relating to personal protective equipment (PPE) on the job. For more information on PPE refer here.

Employer responsibilities

Employers are responsible for providing workers with the following types of PPE, including:

  • Eye and face protection
  • High-visibility clothing
  • Respirators
  • Hearing protection
  • Eye protection
  • Fall-arrest harnesses when working at heights
  • Lifejackets

Employers are also responsible for ensuring the following:

  • The right type of PPE is selected for the job.
  • PPE fits workers and is comfortable under working conditions.
  • Workers are trained in how to use PPE.
  • PPE is regularly cleaned, inspected, and maintained.
  • PPE is properly stored when not in use.

Contacting your supervisor

Contact your supervisor immediately if you:

  • Require PPE
  • Need training on how to use your PPE
  • Have any questions about PPE


If you would like to purchase safety footwear and need to be reimbursed, please follow the instructions on “Safety Boot Reimbursement – June 2020” Loop Communication.

PPE regulatory requirements

The following resources provide all required regulatory requirements for PPE.

If you require a PPE assessment, please contact BCIT Health, Safety and Environment Division.