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ProtectHer: The Women’s Safety Leadership & PPE Symposium
March 27, 2024 at 1:30pm ET

PPE for Women: How It’s Evolving


  • Nicole Wetsch, Manager, Occupational Health and Safety Section, Edmonton Police Service
  • Renae Campbell, Field Safety Specialist, Levitt-Safety
  • Roma Rana, Occupational Health and Safety Advisor, Dufferin Construction
Last year, OHS Canada took an in-depth look at PPE for women and the challenges in getting proper fitting gear. This year, we reconvene a panel discussion to find out what has changed over the last 12 months. What has improved and where do we still have work to do?

Nicole Wetsch
Nicole Wetsch is the manager of Occupational Health and Safety for the Edmonton Police Service (EPS). She leads a strong team of dedicated OHS professionals and Occupational Health Nurses who tackle the unique OHS challenges presented by law enforcement through focusing on education, engagement and out of the box thinking.

After obtaining her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Alberta she became a researcher in a medical microbiology lab, which sparked her interest in safety and inspired her to obtain her Canadian Registered Safety Professional designation. She left the lab to pursue an OHS career with the National Research Council, followed by EPS, where she was a consultant for five years before moving into the management position.

Wetsch is passionate about community and inclusion, serving as the president of her community league and spear heading a program for BIPOC and newcomer women within the community. The mother of two boys, she spends the rest of her time volunteering with their various sports teams, camping and gardening with her family and friends.

Renae Campbell
Renae Campbell is a field safety specialist with Levitt-Safety. She is an experienced mine rescue competition fire task judge at the provincial, national, and most recently at the international level. She was also a member of the 2018 Diamonds in the Rough, the first all female mine rescue team that competed at the International Mines Rescue Competition in Russia that year.

Whether it’s been on the competition grounds, in fire training, or at a customer site, she has experience wearing a variety of PPE over the last decade and has been happy to see changes are being made to meet the needs of women in the industry.

Roma Rana
My name is Roma Rana, and I am a dedicated and experienced female safety professional in the construction industry. Currently, I am working as an OHS Advisor at Dufferin Construction Company, a division of CRH Canada. I have a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science (Honors) and a postgraduation in Occupational Health and Safety Management. Along with my education, I hold relevant certifications and qualifications that equip me with the necessary skills to identify and mitigate potential hazards in construction environments. Prior to working at DCC, I was the Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator in the automotive and manufacturing sectors, where they were responsible for implementing the EHS systems, maintaining the ISO 45001 and ISO 14001 certifications for the manufacturing plants, conducting ergonomic assessments, and verifying compliance with all the legal regulations. With a strong background in occupational safety and health, I have demonstrated expertise in ensuring the safety of employees and several construction sites.

I started my career as an Environmental Safety Technician for a general contractor in India when I was eighteen. After ten years, I am proud of my journey as a female professional safety leader. Throughout my career, I have been instrumental in developing and implementing safety protocols and procedures to promote a culture of safety within the construction worker. I am recognized for my proactive approach to risk assessment and management, conducting regular inspections and audits to maintain compliance with safety regulations and standards.

My passion for safety extends beyond her professional role, as I actively engage in promoting safety awareness and training programs within the industry. My commitment to create healthy safe work environments have helped me earn the recognition as a leader in safety practices within the construction sector. With a focus on continuous improvement, I stay updated on the latest developments in safety technology and best practices, ensuring that I remain at the forefront of safety innovation in the construction field. My dedication to safeguarding the well-being of construction workers and enhancing overall safety performance makes me a valuable asset to any construction project.

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