Digital PPE Training Course
Learn about proper use of personal protective equipment
By Kevin Carbotte
We have been working with Manitoba Heavy Construction Association, Manitoba Construction Sector Council, Construction Safety Association of Manitoba, and Trucking Industry Safety to develop an all-in-one app which provides information on how to assess, select and determine the correct PPE for the workplace.
This app plays as supplementary materials to the PPE training course provided by the industry bodies as follows.
Personal protection equipment is used to reduce or minimize the exposure or contact to physical, chemical or biological hazards. A hazard cannot be eliminated by PPE, but the risk of injury can be eliminated or greatly reduced. Throughout this session, participants will be provided with the information on how to assess, select and determine the correct PPE for the work they are performing.
After completion of this course, you should be able to understand:
- Describe the hierarchy of hazard controls
- Locate information in government legislation on PPE
- Identify what PPE is required for specific situations on a construction site
- Explain employer and employee obligations and how to care, use, inspect and provide storage for PPE
- Orientation, documentation and communication
What does the research say?
While the reasons for noncompliance are varied, workers who do not wear the proper PPE are at risk of serious injury or even death.
The most common reason for PPE noncompliance was the belief that PPE was not necessary. But workers also chose not to wear PPE if they believed it to be uncomfortable, too hot, a poor fit, not available near the work task or unattractive.
Eye protection proved to be the “most challenging” category in terms of PPE compliance, followed by hearing protection, respiratory protection/masks protective apparel, gloves and head protection.
Workers who sustained a variety of on-the-job injuries, the vast majority were not wearing PPEs. Yet workers said workplace accidents and injuries were the concerns that were most likely to keep them up at night.
Two top strategies for encouraging PPE compliance were identified: improving education and training programs and increased monitoring of employees. Other strategies included purchasing more comfortable PPE; tying compliance to individual performance evaluations; purchasing more stylish PPE and developing incentive programs.
How it works?
- Scan the QR Code provided by the course tutor to unlock the modules
- Answer the pop-up quiz to unlock the learning content.
The PPE App is currently available on both Google Play Store and Apple App Store.