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Employers, supervisors, and workers all have responsibilities relating to personal protective equipment (PPE) on the job. For information on responsibilities for personal protective equipment, see the following resources.

Employer responsibilities

If you are an employer, you are responsible for providing and enforcing the use of personal protective equipment in your workplace, as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.

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.

Worker responsibilities

If you are a worker, you are responsible for supplying your own basic personal protective equipment. This includes:

  • General-purpose work gloves
  • Appropriate footwear
  • A hard hat
  • Clothing to protect against the elements

You need to wear all PPE required for the job. You must also make sure that the PPE doesn't cause any health and safety issues — for example, by interfering with your breathing, mobility, or vision.