Protective Equipment

Glove Selection

The Glove Selection document contains important information about glove selection and use.

Eye Protection

This page describes the process for obtaining protective eyewear on campus. There is also a link to the University's Eye Protection Program.

How to get Eye Protection?

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) provides standard safety glasses and splash goggles to all employees who are exposed to eye hazards as part of their job. These can be obtained by going to the Support Services Building, Room 4159. You can obtain both safety glasses and splash goggles if your job requires it.

Regular employees and graduate students are eligible for prescription safety glasses if they work in an eye hazard area.  To request prescription safety glasses, please complete the Prescription Safety Glasses Request Form.

Students requiring eye protection will find a variety of safety glasses for sale in the Bookstore.

View the full eye protection program

Please contact for any additional questions about this program.

Respiratory Protective Equipment

This describes where you can obtain respirators for use on campus with a link to the University's Respiratory Protective Equipment Program.

Occupational Health and Safety supplies respirators to Western’s staff, faculty, Graduate Teaching Assistants and Graduate Fellowships at cost. We fit-test full-face, half face and disposable particulate respirators. Additional types of respirators (PAPR, supplied air, etc.) can be sourced for the user as required. Personnel requiring respiratory protection are asked to complete the pertinent sections of the Western Respirator Record with their supervisor.

Please note: Internet Explorer is the preferred browser for this form. For best results, right click and “save as” the document to your computer. Open it with Adobe Reader or Adobe Pro. If you are still experiencing problems in opening the Adobe-fillable “Western Respiratory Record”, please refer to the document: Adobe Issues.

Respirator fittings are by appointment only. Please email David Schlotzhauer to arrange an appointment for a personalized respirator selection and fitting by one of our qualified staff. Proper fittings are required for all respirator use.

For further information refer to:

Respiratory Protective Equipment Program

Foot Protection

The "Safety Footwear Guidelines" document is a useful tool to help supervisors determine if their faculty, staff and students are required to wear foot protection. Please refer to your collective agreement and/or policies for allowance limits.


The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health provides a wealth of information on a wide variety of health and safety topics with a focus on occupational hygiene.

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