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When Should I Use PPE ?

September 01, 2020

Employees must use PPE as outlined in their workplaces’ guidelines, which should largely follow government protocol.

In this respect, employers should mandate the use of the PPE as a:

Last Resort: There are no other control measures to mitigate risks

Back-up Measure: PPE supplements other, more-effective control measures

Temporary Policy: An effective control measure is currently being implemented

Most work environments mandate the use of PPE as a back-up measure, protecting employees from danger if other defense mechanisms fail.

However, speak to your employer if you feel the PPE you are required to use is not effective in this sense.