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Do Employers or Employees Pay for PPE ?

September 01, 2020

The answer to this question depends on where you work. Country to country and region to region, it can greatly vary.

In Canada, for example, the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations state that employers must provide PPE to each employee who needs it. But this does not explicitly mean the employer must purchase equipment for each worker.

Furthermore, the regulations do not clarify which pieces of equipment employers must provide. Many construction and factory workers buy their own hardhats and steel toe boots. Equipment that’s not as widely sold is typically given to them.

So, who pays for PPE can depend on equipment-by-equipment and workplace-by-workplace bases.