OHS Canada Magazine

E-Course Covers the Basics of Personal Protective Equipment

January 27, 2006

Health & Safety

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has developed an e-course that provides a practical introduction to the most common types of Personal Protective Equipment.

Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, are devices, garments or equipment worn to help minimize exposure to specific hazards as part of a complete hazard control strategy. Besides face shields, safety glasses, hard hats, and safety shoes, PPE also includes goggles, protective gloves, high visibility clothing, earplugs, and respirators. PPE helps protect employees from serious injuries or illnesses resulting from contact with chemical, noise, mechanical, or other workplace hazards.

Personal Protective Equipment: The Basics covers the selection, fit, and use of PPE and other related issues including legal responsibilities, the importance of a PPE program, and the limitations of such equipment as hazard control.

The course is helpful to workers, supervisors and managers and health and safety committee members of worksites where PPE is part of the hazard control strategy. This includes industrial settings and construction sites.

E-learning courses from CCOHS are unique in that they provide the learner with course content that is:

Credible – developed by CCOHS subject specialists
Accurate, current and written in clear language – reviewed by other CCOHS subject specialists to ensure quality standards are met
Unbiased – reviewed externally by representatives of government, employers and labour
Available in English and French
Learners have access to a CCOHS instructor to ask questions that may not be answered by the course. Complete with quizzes and an exam, the course takes about 60 minutes to complete. The learner is issued a certificate of completion once they pass the exam.

Registration and pricing information is available on the CCOHS website: http://www.ccohs.ca/products/courses/pp_equipment

For further information contact:
Eleanor Irwin
Manager – Marketing, Sales and Communications
905.572.2981 X4408


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