The article explores the negative impact of ill-fitting PPE on safety, highlighting the burden placed on workers to seek and finance their own solutions. It emphasizes the need to address systemic bias in order to drive meaningful change.
To promote safer and more inclusive workplaces, employers have a responsibility to engage in meaningful consultation with workers and involve them in the process of finding solutions.
The article suggests employers need to expand existing programs that recognize and accommodate differences in fit, such as providing reimbursement for work boots.
Prioritizing the identification and accommodation of workers who fall outside the conventional measurements creates work environments that prioritize safety for all.
For a comprehensive read on this topic, you can find the full article from OHS Canada here.