6.1 PPE & Safety Gear – copy

Natasha Birsa

PPE & Safety Gear

Every employee must ensure that they maintain their PPE in good working order and request replacement if needed.


Hard Hats
  • A hard hat must be worn whenever working around possible overhead hazards or adjacent to an active workplace. (Road maintenance, harvesting, active dryland sort, etc.)
    • Outside of a vehicle in the woods = hard hat on
  • Replace hard hat 5 years from date of issue.
  • Replace hat liner every year when regularly used.


Eye & Face Protection
  • Flip-down mesh visors or safety glasses must be used whenever there is potential for brush to strike an employee in the face.
  • A pair of safety glasses should be available in your cruisers vest for additional protection against: heavy brush, fluids, fine particulates, or wildfires.


Hearing Protection
  • Earmuffs are available for employees using power equipment.
  • Ear plugs are available for other uses but it is encouraged to carry a pair in your first aid kit.
  • SNRC’s work activities are considered to be low risk for hearing loss; therefore, annual hearing tests are not conducted.


Skin Protection
  • Employees will have access to sunscreen when performing work in areas of direct sun exposure, including silviculture surveys or continuous ‘built road’ work, etc.
  • Field workers are encouraged to wear long sleeves in brush to minimize exposed skin.


Appropriate Footwear
  • Appropriate footwear is defined as ‘substantial, solid, slip/penetration resistant soles with ankle support’.
  • For driving out to the woods or working:
    • Work boots, hiking boots, or rugged hiking shoes are acceptable.
  • Only footwear meeting CSA standards may be used for field work.
    • Caulk boots are required whenever working ‘off road’.
    • Rubber caulk boots are recommended for winter work
    • Snowshoes and snow boots when working in snow/frozen ground.


Hi-Visibility Vest
  • Hi-Vis vests are required whenever working near industrial activities or whenever a worker’s location must be routinely checked.
  • Cruisers vests must have Hi-Vis tape on them.
    • Yellow and orange rain gear are acceptable colors when being worn over the cruisers vest.
  • Approved cruisers vest colors: Orange, yellow, red, pink, or blue – Any newly purchased cruisers vests must be orange in order to meet ‘road-safe’ requirements


  • Heavy duty gloves should be kept in your vest for use working in the field.
  • Gloves should be worn whenever handling materials such as rocks or wood and/or moving, lifting, or assisting any loads greater than 10 lbs.
  • Non-synthetic gloves (e.g. leather) must be worn for firefighting activities.


Rain Gear
  • High quality rain gear is required and should be carried with you every day.
  • Ensure that you take the time to stitch and patch your rain gear if it becomes damaged.


Inflatable PFD’s
  • PFD’s are required to be worn by SNRC employees when travelling on or over water.
    • Boats, helicopters, small planes
  • Only manual inflatable PFD’s are to be worn inside aircraft to allow for underwater egress.
  • Regularly check all PFD components for dirt or corrosion.
    • Clean and replace as necessary.
    • Ensure that the CO2 cylinder is not pierced.
    • Check the manual lever to ensure that it is in the up and ready position with the green indicator pin properly installed.
  • Refer to the maintenance instructions located on the ‘Maintenance & Inspection tag’ on the right hand side of the Mustang PFDs (tucked under the Velcro).


Appropriate Clothing
  • Employees are responsible for providing their own appropriate work clothing. Clothing should satisfy the protection, insulation, movement, and comfort requirements of the task being performed.
  • Packing varying combinations of work clothing should be considered when entering uncertain work conditions.
  • Consult your supervisor for any uncertainty regarding the required clothing for your tasks.


Chainsaw PPE
  • Employees must wear approved chainsaw protective clothing whenever using a chainsaw.
    • Kevlar 3500 bucking pants
    • Chainsaw guarded caulk boots
    • Gloves
    • Eye and ear protection
    • Hard hat, etc.


Wildfire Fighting PPE
  • In addition to standard PPE requirements, a Nomex clothing may be required to be worn by firefighting crew.
  • Only wool or cotton clothing is to be worn under the flame resistant coveralls.
  • NOTE: synthetic Hi-Vis is not to be worn.


Pesticide/Herbicide Application
  • In addition to other required PPE, employees may be required to wear:
    • Coveralls
    • Gloves
    • Face shield
    • Full or half masks with appropriate cartridges
  • Refer to product information sheet for more details (MSDS/SDS).