Human Resources Policies
Local 79 Protective Equipment, Protective Clothing and Wearing Apparel

Category: Health and Safety
Sub-Category: General

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Policy Statement

This policy, jointly developed by Local 79 and the City of Toronto through the Protective Clothing, Equipment and Wearing Apparel Committee, applies to the use, provision, acquisition, maintenance and replacement of personal protective equipment (PPE), protective work clothing and other wearing apparel for Local 79 employees. The policy applies to all City divisions with Local 79 employees.

It is agreed that the City of Toronto will provide employees with personal protective equipment and protective work clothing as prescribed by the hazards of the job or workplace. In addition, the City will provide other wearing apparel where required by job demands and as outlined in this policy.

It is agreed that employees who are issued PPE and/or protective work clothing will use and/or wear this PPE and/or protective clothing at all times when it is needed for their protection or by regulation. They are responsible for complying with the division's PPE, protective clothing and/or wearing apparel requirements, properly maintaining PPE and reporting any defective PPE.

Notwithstanding the provisions outlined in this policy, the Union and the City reserve the right to address any additional PPE, protective clothing or wearing apparel issues that may arise during the term of the collective agreement.


Section 1

Personal Protective Equipment and Protective Clothing
Definitions

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is defined as equipment or devices worn or used to control exposure to hazardous substances or conditions or to prevent accidental injuries or serious harm to employees working in hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions or areas. PPE includes, but is not limited to head protection, hearing protection, eye and face protection, body protection, hand protection, foot protection, respiratory protection and fall protection.

Protective work clothing is attire worn over or in place of regular clothing to protect the employee from hazards. Protective work clothing may include, but not be limited to coveralls, overalls, aprons, laboratory coats, rainwear, high-visibility clothing, and in some cases, shirts and pants.

Conditions
  • Personal protective equipment will be utilized when hazards cannot feasibly be controlled or eliminated by other means.
  • Personal protective equipment will be properly fitted to the user and instruction on the use, care, maintenance and limitations of the PPE will be provided.
  • Defective or damaged PPE should be reported to the supervisor and shall not be used.
  • PPE and protective clothing that has been worn next to the skin by employees shall be cleaned and disinfected before it is re-issued to other employees.
  • Before any PPE is used by employees, employees will be made aware of the reasons for using the PPE and how to properly use and maintain it
  • Replacement of PPE and protective clothing will be conducted on an “as required” basis, based on its condition, expiry and/or manufacturers’ instructions.
  • PPE and protective clothing will be in conformance with legislated requirements and the most recent version of the applicable industry standards, e.g. CSA, ANSI.
  • It is understood that protective devices of a non-personal nature or for intermittent use are needed for the performance of certain tasks (e.g. gas monitors, floatation devices, hard-hats, coveralls, aprons, rubber boots). Such equipment can be shared, provided that it is readily available for use, when required, and employees are adequately trained in its use and limitations. Shared-use items worn next to the skin shall be cleaned and disinfected before they are used by other employees.
  • For full-time employees who regularly require PPE or protective clothing in the performance of their work, such equipment and/or clothing will be personal issue rather than shared use.
  • Seasonal employees will be provided with PPE and protective clothing, as required by the nature of the work to be performed and appropriate to the season(s) and/or weather conditions to be worked.
Responsibilities
Divisions will:
  • in consultation with joint health and safety committees, introduce, to the extent feasible, engineering and/or administrative hazard control measures to minimize the need for PPE and/or protective clothing. Such control measures may include:

    • eliminating the hazard from the workplace
    • substituting or replacing a hazard or hazardous work practice with a less hazardous one
    • isolating/separating the hazard or hazardous work practice from workers, or
    • modifying tools or equipment, providing guarding, barriers or ventilation
  • in consultation with joint health and safety committees, determine the need for PPE and protective clothing based on job hazards, and provide such equipment and/or clothing to employees
  • ensure consistent practices are applied across their own division
  • when purchasing protective clothing, consider all hazards of the job, including traffic, electricity, cold, heat, fire, biological hazards, UV radiation and the West Nile Virus. If conflicts arise between design criteria to address multiple hazards, select on the basis of the most significant hazard
  • ensure that written procedures are in place to administer the selection, use and maintenance of PPE and protective clothing.
  • train employees in the requirements for and proper use, care, and maintenance of PPE.
  • maintain a record of the PPE issued to employees and the training of those employees in the use of that PPE
  • establish an inspection program for PPE when required by legislation and/or industry standards
  • whenever possible, co-ordinate purchases of PPE and protective clothing through Purchasing and Materials Management Division, to facilitate consistency in PPE selection across divisions and cost-effective provision of needed PPE to employees
  • not permit alterations of PPE without permission from the manufacturer (e.g. paint or stickers on hard hats).
Purchasing and Materials Management Division will:
  • where appropriate, specify in purchasing documents that PPE and protective clothing must comply with the relevant Canadian Standards Association standard or, in the absence of a CSA standard, an equivalent standard
  • require any organization supplying PPE to the City to state in writing that such PPE complies with the relevant identified standard or equivalent
  • consider ergonomic principles and usability in the specification and selection of PPE
  • identify opportunities where joint purchasing of PPE or protective clothing can be achieved
Employees who are issued PPE and/or protective clothing will:
  • use and/or wear this PPE and/or protective clothing at all times when required for their protection
  • care for and maintain PPE and/or protective clothing as advised by their divisions
  • report lost or defective PPE and/or protective clothing to their supervisors
  • not alter PPE or protective clothing in a manner that affects its integrity
Occupational health and safety staff, in consultation with the JHSC, will:
  • assist divisions by advising on required PPE and/or protective clothing for job duties
  • assist divisions to ensure that PPE and/or protective clothing is in conformance with regulatory requirements and/or accepted industry standards
  • provide consultation and advice on training needed with respect to PPE and protective clothing
Specific Requirements
Head protection
  • Head protection appropriate to the hazard will be provided to employees where the hazard of head injury exists.
  • Damaged headwear shells or inner cradles must be promptly replaced.
  • Even in the absence of visible damage and deterioration, headwear shells and inner cradles should be replaced at the frequency outlined in the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Alterations to the protective headwear provided by the manufacturer are not permitted.
  • Winter hardhat liners will be provided to employees who are required to wear hardhats and who work outdoors in winter.
  • Management is prepared to consider hard hats with wide brims but will provide information to the Wearing Apparel Committee on the following concerns for further discussion:

    • it is confirmed that they do not result in significantly greater weight
    • their advantages exceed their disadvantages, from a health and safety perspective
    • they present no operational impediment
    • it is confirmed that they can accommodate all currently-issued personal protective equipment, and
    • it is agreed that, if selected, they will only be issued when hard hats are next needed
Hearing protection
  • Appropriate hearing protection will be provided to all employees whose daily noise exposure exceeds an eight hour time weighted average of 85 dB(A) and employees will be required to use provided hearing protective devices.
Eye protection
  • Employees who are at risk of eye injury will be provided with and required to wear eye protection devices appropriate to the hazard, e.g. goggles, face shields, visors, approved safety glasses.
  • Operations that may place employees at risk of eye injury include, but are not limited to:

    • Handling hazardous materials or chemicals
    • Breaking into lines or equipment which contain, or have contained, hazardous materials or chemicals
    • Welding, burning, cutting, chipping, grinding, woodworking, sawing, etc.
    • Operating explosive actuated tools, hand-held nailing guns or other power tools
    • Operating chain saws or grass cutting equipment
    • Working on live electrical installations
  • Contact lenses must not be worn in any area or for any job involving chemical eye irritants.
  • In accordance with legislative requirements, where a worker is exposed to a potential hazard of injury to the eye due to contact with a biological or chemical substance, an eyewash station will be provided.
  • For full time employees who routinely need impact-protective safety eyewear in the performance of their duties and who wear prescription eyeglasses, prescription safety eyewear will be provided.
  • All impact-protective safety glasses must have appropriate side shields
  • Prescription eyewear will not be provided to seasonal employees. Rather, impact protection will be addressed by the provision of goggles to be worn over the worker’s own glasses.
  • Prescription eyewear will be replaced every 24 months, if required.
  • It is understood and agreed that this provision does not form part of an employee’s extended health benefits for vision care.
Parkas/Winter Jackets
  • When parkas/winter jackets are provided to employees, they shall be individual issue, with the exception of freshly-laundered spare parkas made available for Homes for the Aged Support Services employees under the conditions described in Homes for the Aged Support Services Workers’ entitlement.
Protective Rainwear

Note: In some circumstances, rainwear is considered to be protective clothing, i.e., when working in contaminated environments under wet conditions or when working outside for prolonged periods in spring or fall when a combination of wet and cold conditions occur. In other cases, rainwear is considered to be “wearing apparel”.

  • Rainwear worn in the road allowance must provide the needed visibility to comply with legislative requirements or must be worn in conjunction with a safety vest.
  • This rainwear will be replaced, as required, based upon its condition.
  • The City shall provide appropriate protective rainwear for those employees required to work outside for prolonged periods in spring or fall when a combination of wet and cold conditions occur.
Coveralls and bib overalls
  • The City shall provide coveralls or bib overalls, as required, based on job function.
  • In certain cases, as specified, one coverall/overall may be selected by the employee to replace the issue of one shirt/pant combination.
  • The parties agree that the following groups of employees will be provided with one thermal winter coverall/overall when they are at risk of cold stress:

    • Toronto Water - District Operations (including, but not limited to, Water valve crews and construction crews)

Such thermal winter coveralls/overalls will be replaced as required or after three years, unless they remain in serviceable condition.

Hand protection
  • Protective gloves appropriate to the hazard will be provided by the City and worn by employees where, in the course of job duties, hands are exposed to:

    • hazards which can result in abrasions or cuts
    • chemicals (corrosives, solvents, toxic)
    • biological/pathogenic hazards,
    • hot or cold liquids or objects,
    • physical hazards
    • electrical hazards
    • cold weather conditions
    • animal bites
  • All disposable medical examination/surgical gloves provided to Local 79 employees will be non-latex.
  • All other gloves used by Local 79 employees will be non-latex unless latex is determined to be the most appropriate protection in a particular circumstance.

    Clarity Note: It is understood that the transition to non-latex will occur as current stocks are depleted, estimated to be approximately June 2005 for medical examination/surgical gloves.

Hand sanitizer/cleaning agent
  • Hand sanitizer and cleaning agent will be provided in areas where exposure to biological hazards and/or heavy duty soiling warrants their use.
Respiratory protection
  • Respiratory protection appropriate to the hazard will be provided by the City and worn by employees when there will be exposure to or when there is potential to be exposed to harmful dusts, fumes, mists, vapours, gases, biological agents or other inhalation hazards.
  • Any respirator provided to a worker for his/her protection must be appropriately fitted.
  • Procedures will be developed for cleaning, maintaining, storing and training in the use of respirators.
Foot protection
  • Protective footwear appropriate to the nature of the hazard and the demands of the job will be provided to employees where foot hazards exist.
  • Protective footwear entitlement will be determined using the "Safety Footwear Needs Analysis" form.
  • If the Safety footwear Needs Analysis indicates that both summer and winter footwear are required, both types of footwear will be provided.
  • Protective footwear will be replaced, as required, based on its condition.
  • The City agrees to maintain the existing or equivalent boot truck service at City worksites, with employees having the same procurement rights as now exist.
  • Where, because of special size or fitting requirements, or lack of boot truck service, employees cannot obtain safety boots from a boot truck, they shall be given a maximum of one hour of City-paid time to purchase safety boots from City-contracted vendor’s stores.
Fall protection and retrieval
  • A fall protection and retrieval system (travel restraint system, fall restraining system, fall arrest system and/or safety net, as appropriate) will be provided to employees who are exposed to the hazard of falling from heights, as specified in occupational health and safety legislation.
  • All safety lines, belts or harnesses that have been involved in an actual fall will be immediately replaced.
  • Employees who are required to use a fall protection system must be given oral and written instructions in its use, and a record of such training and instruction must be maintained.
  • Employees will inspect equipment prior to use, in accordance with legislative requirements.
Sun and heat protection
  • Workers whose job duties place them at risk of overexposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun will be provided education regarding the risks and the importance of wearing sunscreen cream, UV-protected eyewear, and wide-brimmed hats and making clothing choices that reduce their exposure to UV.
  • For those at-risk employees who choose to wear City-issued sunscreen cream, UV-protected eyewear and/or wide-brimmed hats, the City shall provide such items.
  • UV exposure will be a key consideration in the selection of City-issued protective clothing and wearing apparel options
  • In some cases, when hard hats are required for the performance of outdoor work, the use of hard hats precludes the need for sun hats.
  • Sun umbrellas will be installed and maintained at every outdoor lifeguard station.
First aid kits
  • First Aid Kits shall be provided by the City on vehicles and at work locations in accordance with legislative requirements.
Chainsaw chaps
  • The City shall provide ballistic pants or chaps for employees who are required to use chain saws.
Personal Floatation Devices
  • Personal floatation devices shall be made available for use by all employees whose work environment involves working around bodies of water, pools, ponds etc.
Insect repellent
  • Workers whose job duties place them at risk of insect bites will be provided with the necessary information to make an informed decision on the personal, voluntary use of insect repellent. Insect repellent will be provided to those employees who choose to use it.
High-visibility clothing
  • Depending on the circumstances, either a safety vest or high visibility clothing will be provided to employees who are likely to be endangered by vehicular traffic
  • High-visibility clothing will be provided by the City and worn by employees when it is legislatively required or where required by internal policy.
Other protective equipment
  • Where job hazards require, appropriate protective equipment such as gas detectors, ice cleats, pot-holders, protective cooks’ sleeves, etc. shall be made available.
  • If not already issued for operational reasons, cell phones, 2-way radios or other emergency communication equipment will be made available in circumstances in which they are determined to be the most appropriate means of ensuring personal safety. As of April 1, 2005, the City currently provides individual issue cell phones to those working in a number of classifications, including Home Visitors in Children's Services; Environmental Health Officers and Tobacco Enforcement Officers in Public Health; By-law Enforcement Officers in Parks, Forestry and Recreation; Water Revenue Inspectors in Revenue Services, Building Inspection staff in the Building Division and Municipal Licensing and Standards Officers in the Municipal Licensing and Standards Division; By-law Enforcement Officers in Solid Waste ; Works Inspectors and Development Inspectors in Technical Services; Contract Inspectors, Downspout Disconnect Program Co-ordinators, Emergency Service Inspectors, Engineering Inspectors, and Industrial Waste and Stormwater Quality Enforcement Officers, all in Toronto Water.
  • Individuals occupying the classifications: Communicable Disease Investigators; Public Health Nurses; Community Health Officers; Vaccine-preventable Unit Nurses; Social Services Caseworkers who conduct home visits and Home Visitors (Public Health), whenever required to be in the field, shall have cell phones made available to them for personal safety reasons from the City’s pool of shared-use cell phones, on request.

    • When requested, the cell phones shall be signed out, with records being kept of user identity and, wherever possible, the daily field itinerary for the person using the phone in order to aid in locating individuals in the event of emergencies.
    • While City supervisors shall not interrogate or otherwise inquire into the reason for the employee’s request for the issuance of a cell phone, the employee’s supervisor should be encouraged to enter into discussions concerning the possible augmentation of safety precautions, including the possible use of the buddy system or a request for assistance from community police.
    • The issued cell phone shall be used for work-related purposes only and shall be returned in accordance with current practice, i.e., at the beginning of the day following the completion of the field work giving rise to the request.
    • If, upon request, a cell phone is not available, and if the employee making the request is unable to agree to alternative safety measures that may be proposed by the Employer, the employee shall have the right to refuse to perform the field work until such time as the cell phone becomes available, without incurring any penalty, financial, disciplinary or otherwise.
    • While the acquisition of the cell phones is an Employer prerogative, they must be of adequate quality to provide the user with instant communication to the emergency 911 number and/or the appropriate City office number where emergency reports may be received and expeditiously acted upon.
  • Some tools issued for operational reasons may also enhance a safe work environment, e.g. flashlights. For the purposes of this policy, such tools are not considered to be personal protective equipment.
Other protective clothing items
  • Aprons, lab coats, shop coats, chemical protection suits, protective clothing for welding, etc. will be provided or made available where hazards exist or when job demands require.
Laundering of Protective Clothing
  • Protective clothing will be laundered as required on the basis of contamination, e.g., body fluids, hazardous chemicals, wastewater contaminants.
Specific Divisional Entitlement to Protective Clothing
Specific Divisional Entitlement to Protective Clothing
Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division - Urban Forestry: Arborist Technician and Arborist Technician Hydro
  • 4 pairs of pants with reflective striping, initially; 2 annually thereafter
  • 5 long-sleeved T-shirts (high visibility), initially; 3 annually thereafter
  • 1 short-sleeved T-shirt (high visibility) may be substituted for 1 long-sleeved (not high-visibility)T-shirt, provided Forestry Forepersons are always prepared to perform required duties by having a long-sleeved T-shirt immediately available.
  • 2 sweatshirts (high visibility) may be substituted for 2 long-sleeved T-shirts (high visibility), initially; 1 annually thereafter.
  • 1 high visibility parka or bomber style winter jacket, at the employee's choice
  • 1 high visibility linesman style jacket
Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division - Urban Forestry: Arborist Inspector, Forest Health Care Inspectors, Arborist Foreperson Grade 1
  • 1 high-visibility parka or bomber jacket
  • 2 high-visibility short-sleeved shirts with Forestry logo, replaced as required
  • 2 high-visibility long-sleeved shirts with Forestry logo, replaced as required
  • Safety vest
Technical Services: Engineering Survey Employees, Data Integration and Control Surveys Employees and Land and Property Surveys Employees
  • 1 high visibility parka, replaced as required
  • 1 high visibility linesman’s jacket, replaced as required
  • 2 high visibility T-shirts will be provided to replace own shirt and safety vest combination, replaced as required
  • 2 high visibility overall/coveralls, replaced as required
Toronto Water: Emergency Services Inspectors
  • 1 high visibility linesman's coat (for use during spring and fall).
  • 1 high visibility parka or bomber style winter jacket, at the employee's choice.
  • Laundered wearing apparel will be made available on a weekly basis as follows:

    • 5 high visibility short-sleeved or long sleeved T-shirts or button shirts, at the employee's choice
    • 2 high visibility sweatshirts may be substituted for 2 T-shirts or button shirts, initially; 1 annually thereafter.
    • 4 pairs of pants with reflective striping
  • High-visibility coveralls/overalls may be selected by the employee to replace shirt/pant combinations.
Toronto Water: Leak Detection Technician
  • 1 high visibility linesman's coat (for use during spring and fall).
  • 1 high visibility parka or bomber style winter jacket, at the employee's choice.
  • Laundered wearing apparel will be made available on a weekly basis as follows:

    • 5 high visibility short-sleeved or long sleeved T-shirts or button shirts, at the employee's choice
    • 2 high visibility sweatshirts may be substituted for 2 T-shirts or button shirts, initially; 1 annually thereafter.
    • 4 pairs of pants with reflective striping
  • High-visibility coveralls/overalls may be selected by the employee to replace shirt/pant combinations.

Section 2

Wearing Apparel
Definition

Wearing apparel will take one of two forms:

  • a uniform to ensure a professional appearance, to maintain essential sanitary environments, or to provide ready visual identification in order to protect the safety and security of the employee, clients, and/or the public
  • non-uniform, non-mandatory clothing provided to reduce wear and tear on the employee’s own clothing
Conditions
  • Divisions will provide wearing apparel, as outlined below. In cases where wearing apparel is “Uniform”, it is identified as such. It is understood by the parties that wearing apparel entitlements are independent of the provision of any protective clothing or equipment required to protect workers from job hazards.
  • In some cases, the word “initially” is used. Initial entitlement means the first time the employee receives this apparel, either as a new employee or as an existing employee who has not previously had this entitlement. Subsequent replacement of wearing apparel items will be conducted as specified below in divisional entitlement.
  • Initial entitlement will be pro-rated to recognize items already issued in the one-year period immediately preceding the date of issue.
  • Issued wearing apparel classified as “uniform” must be worn by the employee while at work.
  • Wearing apparel intended to protect the employee’s own clothing from abnormal wear and tear will be provided by the City to those employees who choose to wear it while at work.
  • Wearing apparel, with the exception of sizing modifications, must not be altered and must be kept reasonably clean and neat in appearance.
  • All jackets and parkas will be replaced as required or after three years, unless such item of clothing remains in serviceable condition. All other articles of wearing apparel will be replaced as required, except where an annual entitlement is provided.
  • Based on language agreed for each job classification in each Division in the wearing apparel section of this document, seasonal employees will be provided with wearing apparel, as required by the nature of the work to be performed and appropriate to the season(s) and/or weather conditions to be worked.
  • This policy comes into effect April 1, 2005.
Specific Divisional Entitlement to Wearing Apparel
Children's Services: Early Childhood Educators
  • An adequate number of raincoats (up to 4) will be made available at each site that provides escort of children to/from school or local school bus
  • A number of vinyl aprons per playroom will be provided according to the following formula: one per the number of staff required to meet mandatory staffing ratios for that playroom.
  • At Child Care Centres where there is no off-site escort to schools, one cell phone will be provided for emergency communication purposes during off-site excursions.
  • At Child Care Centres where a walking escort is provided to one school at a time, a cell phone will be provided for emergency communication during the walking escort. At Child Care Centres where walking escort is provided to more than one school at the same time, a cell phone will be provided to each group being escorted. Cell phones provided for walking escort will also provide for emergency communication during off-site excursions by groups of children at times other than the designated escort times.
  • Walkie Talkies will remain in place as a backup means of communication at all centres.
Children's Services: Home Visitors
  • One individually-issued cell phone per position will be provided for emergency communication while at work
Children's Services: Housekeepers

A $150.00 annual clothing allowance will be provided to full-time Housekeepers. For part-time Housekeepers, the $150.00 annual clothing allowance will be pro-rated based on regular hours worked in a year.

Homes for the Aged: Food Services Workers and Cooks
  • Hairnets UNIFORM
  • Cotton gloves for inside pot-washing gloves
  • Cloth aprons provided, as required
  • 4 pants initially, 2 annually for full time staff (2 initially and 2 annually for part-time staff) UNIFORM
  • 5 shirts initially, 3 annually (2 initially, 2 annually for part-time staff) UNIFORM*
    • For full time cooks only, 1 chef's jacket as an option instead of a shirt.
    • *On any given day, the full time cooks will have the option of wearing either an issued shirt or a chef’s jacket, if selected, as their uniform top.
  • Individual-issue parkas will be provided to those workers who are required to work out of doors or enter freezers
Homes for the Aged: Cleaners, Heavy Duty/ Support Services Employees
  • 5 shirts initially, 3 annually (2 initially, 2 annually for part-time staff) UNIFORM
  • 4 pants initially, 2 annually for full-time staff ( 2 initially and 2 annually for part-time staff)
  • One pair of shorts may be substituted for one pair of pants at the employee’s choice
  • Safety shoes for indoor use UNIFORM
  • Open-back gowns to be made available for use when moving bags of soiled laundry.
  • An individual-issue parka will be provided to the single SSW on each weekday and weekend shift in each home who is designated to perform all outside work required. In addition, a freshly-laundered parka shall be made available for each shift in each home to be used when the individual assigned to outdoor work is not available and has to be replaced.
Homes for the Aged: Nursing Employees (RNs, RPNs, PCAs and Resident Aides)
  • Where the environmental design has not built in protection between the resident and the employee, waterproof aprons provided for shower use.
  • Non-slip booties will be available in residents’ shower rooms to wear over shoes, if desired
  • A $150.00 annual clothing allowance will be provided to full-time Nursing employees. For any part-time Nursing employees, the $150.00 annual clothing allowance will be pro-rated based on regular hours worked in a year.
  • Open back gowns shall be made available to nursing and personal care staff in order to maintain the integrity of universal precautions when performing personal hygiene for the individual resident.
Homes for the Aged: Laundry Service Workers
  • Waterproof aprons and open-back gowns to be made available in the laundry area for use when handling soiled laundry.
  • Coloured aprons or coloured smocks to be made available for clean laundry delivery to resident areas.
Public Health: Environmental Health Officers
  • A suitable carrying case for equipment
  • 2 lab coats to be replaced as required
  • Hairnets provided, as required
  • 1 winter parka or bomber-style winter jacket, replaced as required
  • 1 Spring/Fall jacket, replaced as required
  • 2 golf shirts or alternative shirts provided initially to all Environmental Health Officers for ready visual identification of staff required to work outside during special events, replaced as required.
Public Health: Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists
  • For employees who work in schools, lab coats will be provided. Upon request, scrubs shall be provided to these employees. UNIFORM
  • Dental Services is prepared to phase in crew neck scrubs for all Local 79 staff, in place of the current scrubs style, provided this can be done in a cost-neutral manner.
Public Health: Communicable Disease Investigators
  • 1 winter parka or bomber style jacket, replaced as required
  • 1 spring/fall jacket, to be replaced as required
  • A golf shirt provided for ready visual identification of staff required to work outside during special events, replaced as required
Public Health: Public Health Couriers
  • 2 golf shirts annually
  • 1 winter parka, replaced as required
  • 1 spring/fall jacket, replaced as required
Public Health: Works Counsellors
  • 1 parka or bomber-style winter jacket
  • 1 spring/fall jacket
Public Health: Tobacco Enforcement Officers
  • A suitable carrying case for equipment
  • 3 golf shirts annually
  • 2 pants annually
  • 1 bomber-style winter jacket, replaced as required
  • 1 spring/fall jacket, replaced as required
Shelter, Support and Housing Administration: Storekeepers
  • 6 golf shirts or sweatshirts, at the employee’s choice, replaced as required UNIFORM
  • 3 pairs of pants annually UNIFORM
  • 1 individually-issued parka, replaced as required
Shelter, Support and Housing Administration: Cooks, Day Care Housekeepers and Food Services employees
  • 6 golf shirts or sweatshirts, at the employee’s choice, replaced as required UNIFORM*
  • 3 pairs of pants annually UNIFORM
    • For full-time cooks only, 1 chef’s jacket as an option instead of a shirt
    • On any given day, the full time cooks will have the option of wearing either an issued shirt or a chef’s jacket, if selected, as their uniform top.
  • Individual-issue parkas will be provided to those workers who are required to work out of doors in winter or enter freezers
Shelter, Support and Housing Administration - Direct Programs: Counsellors (Seaton House)
  • 6 golf shirts or sweatshirts, at the employee's choice, replaced as required UNIFORM
Shelter, Support and Housing Administration - Direct Programs: Counsellor/Housing Workers (Seaton House)
  • 6 golf shirts or sweatshirts, at the employee's choice, replaced as required UNIFORM
Shelter, Support and Housing Administration - Direct Programs: Client Service Workers (Seaton House)
  • 6 golf shirts or sweatshirts, at the employee's choice, replaced as required UNIFORM
Shelter, Support and Housing Administration - Direct Programs: Nursing staff
  • 2 white lab coats, replaced as required
  • 6 golf shirts or sweatshirts, at the employee's choice, replaced as required UNIFORM

Note: The uniform consists of a lab coat or a golf shirt and/or sweatshirt

Shelter, Support and Housing Administration: Support Services Employees
  • 6 golf shirts or sweatshirts, at the employee's choice, replaced as required UNIFORM
  • 5 pairs of pants, replaced as required, with laundry available under the clothing rental contract UNIFORM
  • Individual-issue parkas will be provided to those workers who are required to work out of doors in winter
City Clerks: Printing Unit
  • 5 laundered shirts per week provided to those employees who choose to use them
  • 5 laundered pants per week provided to those employees who choose to use them
  • 1 individual-issue parka for employees with shipping/receiving as a job duty, replaced as required.
Facilities and Real Estate - Facilities Services: Customer Support (including forepersons, if any)
  • 5 golf or button shirts (long or short sleeved, at the employee's choice), initially; 3 annually. UNIFORM
  • 4 pairs of pants, initially; 2 annually. UNIFORM
  • 1 parka or bomber style winter jacket, at the employee’s choice UNIFORM
  • 1 spring/fall jacket UNIFORM
Facilities and Real Estate - Facilities Services: Custodial (including forepersons)
  • 5 golf or button shirts (long or short-sleeved, at the employee's choice), initially; 3 annually UNIFORM
  • 4 pairs of pants or skirts, initially; 2 annually UNIFORM
  • 1 high visibility parka or bomber style winter jacket, at the employee’s choice UNIFORM
  • 1 spring/fall jacket UNIFORM
Facilities and Real Estate - Facilities Services: Security Officers (UNIFORM)
  • 5 shirts (short-sleeved or long-sleeved button dress shirts), replaced as required
  • 3 pants, replaced as required
  • 1 golf shirt for training purposes
  • 3 ties
  • 1 baseball cap
  • 1 winter toque
  • 1 two-in-one jacket
  • 1 windbreaker
Facilities and Real Estate - Facilities Operations: Forepersons
  • 5 golf or button shirts (short- or long-sleeved), at the employee's choice, initially; 3 annually thereafter UNIFORM
  • Sweatshirts may be selected by the employee to replace long-sleeved shirts. UNIFORM
  • 4 pairs of pants, initially; 2 annually thereafter UNIFORM
  • Coveralls/overalls may be selected by the employee to replace shirt/pant combinations UNIFORM
  • 1 high visibility parka or high visibility bomber style winter jacket, at the employee's choice UNIFORM
  • 1 spring/fall jacket UNIFORM
Fleet Services: Forepersons
  • 2 short-sleeved or long-sleeved T-shirts or button shirts, at the employee’s choice, annually
  • 2 pairs of pants annually
  • Laundered smocks as needed
Fleet Services: Parts Warehouse Staff
  • 2 short-sleeved or long-sleeved T-shirts or button shirts, at the employee’s choice, annually
  • 2 pairs of pants annually
  • Laundered smocks as needed
Access Toronto: Information Officers - For tours and presentation staff
  • 2 jackets (1 summer, 1 winter), replaced as required (UNIFORM during tours only)
  • 4 of either skirts or pants, replaced as required (UNIFORM during tours only)
  • $75 white shirt allowance annually to purchase 3 shirts (UNIFORM during tours only)
  • 1 cardigan sweater annually for all counter staff who choose to wear it while at work
City Clerks: Courier Drivers
  • 5 shirts (golf shirts, long or short sleeved at the employee’s choice) replaced as required UNIFORM
  • 1 three-in-one jacket or parka or bomber jacket at the employee’s choice
City Clerks: Conservator
  • Conservator’s coat
City Clerks: Records Centre Staff
  • 1 three-in-one jacket or parka or bomber jacket at the employee’s choice
  • Coveralls will be supplied, as needed, and replaced as required
Economic Development and Culture - Culture: Technicians
  • Lab coats
Economic Development and Culture - Culture: Art Services summer staff
  • T-shirt
Economic Development and Culture - Culture: Staff who wear historic costumes
  • If these items of clothing are shared issue, laundry or cleaning service shall be provided
Parks, Forestry and Recreation - Parks: Parks Foreperson
  • 5 T-shirts (short-sleeved or long sleeved, at the employee's choice), initially; 3 annually thereafter. UNIFORM
  • Sweatshirts may be selected by the employee to replace long-sleeved shirts. UNIFORM
  • 4 pairs of pants, initially; 2 annually. UNIFORM
  • Coveralls/overalls may also be selected by the employee to replace either shirt/pant combinations or pants. UNIFORM
  • 1 Spring/Fall jacket as required, based on job function. UNIFORM
  • 1 parka or bomber style winter jacket, at the employee's choice. UNIFORM
Parks, Forestry and Recreation: By-law Enforcement Officers
  • 5 shirts with reflective striping (crested) initially, 3 annually thereafter UNIFORM
  • 5 pairs of pants with reflective striping initially, 3 annually thereafter UNIFORM
  • 4-in-1 coat with reflective striping (crested) replaced as required. UNIFORM
  • 1 sweater (crested) replaced as required. UNIFORM
  • 2 hats with logo, (one ball cap and one toque) replaced as required. UNIFORM
  • 1 belt, replaced as required UNIFORM
  • 1 tie, replaced as required UNIFORM FOR COURT APPEARANCES
Parks, Forestry and Recreation: Recreationist and Recreation Co-ordinator
  • 2 golf shirts annually
Parks, Forestry and Recreation: Part-time staff – Aquatics Outdoor Employees

Upon hire and annually until the attainment of 1040 hours:

  • 1 shirt (singlet) + 1 additional shirt (singlet) available at 50% of cost UNIFORM
  • 1 shirt (long-sleeved)
  • 1 pair of shorts

Annual issue after the attainment of 1040 hours:

  • 2 shirts (singlet) UNIFORM
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 shirt (long-sleeved)
  • 1 pair of long pants
Parks, Forestry and Recreation: Part-time staff – Aquatics Indoor Employees

Upon hire and annually until the attainment of 1040 hours:

  • 1 shirt (singlet) + 1 additional shirt (singlet) available at 50% of cost UNIFORM
  • 1 pair of shorts

Annual issue after the attainment of 1040 hours:

  • 2 shirts (singlet) UNIFORM
  • 2 pairs of shorts
Parks, Forestry and Recreation: Part-time staff – Building Attendants

Upon hire and annually until the attainment of 1040 hours:

  • 1 golf shirt + 1 additional golf shirt available at 50% of cost UNIFORM

Annual issue after the attainment of 1040 hours:

  • 2 golf shirts UNIFORM
Parks, Forestry and Recreation: Part-time staff – Outdoor Recreation Staff

Upon hire and annually until the attainment of 1040 hours:

  • 1 T-shirt + 1 additional T-shirt available at 50% of cost UNIFORM
  • 1 pair of shorts

Annual issue after the attainment of 1040 hours:

  • 2 T-shirts UNIFORM
  • 2 pairs of shorts
Parks, Forestry and Recreation: Part-time staff – Indoor Recreation Staff

Upon hire and annually until the attainment of 1040 hours:

  • 1 T-shirt + 1 additional T-shirt available at 50% of cost UNIFORM

Annual issue after the attainment of 1040 hours:

  • 2 T-shirts UNIFORM
Parks, Forestry and Recreation: Part-time staff – Skating Instructors

Upon hire:

  • Individual issued nylon jacket, replaced as required UNIFORM
Parks, Forestry and Recreation: Part-time staff – Skating Rink Cruisers/Monitors

Entitlement immediately upon hire:

  • Use of a safety vest UNIFORM
Parks, Forestry and Recreation: Part-time staff – Facility Maintenance staff (“Rink rats”)
  • 1 individual issued parka, to be replaced as required

Upon hire and annually until the attainment of 1040 hours:

  • 1 T-shirt + 1 T-shirt available at 50% of cost UNIFORM
  • 1 pair of pants

Annual issue after the attainment of 1040 hours:

  • 2 T-shirts UNIFORM
  • 1 pair of pants
Parks, Forestry and Recreation: Part-time staff – Health Club Attendants

Upon hire and annually until the attainment of 1040 hours:

  • 1 golf shirt + 1 additional golf shirt available at 50% of cost UNIFORM

Annual issue after the attainment of 1040 hours:

  • 2 golf shirts UNIFORM
  • 1 track suit
Parks, Forestry and Recreation: Part-time staff – Ski staff

Entitlement immediately upon hire:

  • A nylon jacket provided by City, with non-cashable damage deposit provided by employee UNIFORM
  • Jacket returned by employee at end of season and jackets cleaned between seasons
  • Employee may purchase jacket at 50% of cost at end of season
Parks, Forestry and Recreation - Recreation: Part-time staff – Cleaners
  • 1 individual issued parka, to be replaced as required

Upon hire and annually until the attainment of 1040 hours:

  • 1 T-shirt + 1 additional T-shirt available at 50% of cost UNIFORM
  • 1 pair of pants

Annual issue after the attainment of 1040 hours:

  • 2 T-shirts UNIFORM
  • 1 pair of pants
Purchasing and Materials Management: Standards and Specifications Inspectors
  • 1 three-in-one jacket or parka or bomber jacket, at the employee’s choice, to be replaced as required.
  • Coveralls, supplied as required
Revenue Services - Water Revenue: Water Revenue Inspectors
  • 5 shirts initially, 3 annually UNIFORM
  • 2 pairs of pants per year
  • 1 three-in-one jacket, replaced as required UNIFORM
  • Coveralls provided, as needed based on job demands, for those employees who work in confined spaces
  • 1 rain suit with a hood, replaced as required UNIFORM
  • 1 winter toque, replaced as required UNIFORM
  • Anti-slip summer and winter footwear (not green patch)
Revenue Services - Water Revenue: Meter Services Co-ordinators
  • 1 three-in-one jacket, replaced as required UNIFORM
  • 3 shirts (short or long sleeved, at the employee’s choice) replaced as required UNIFORM DURING SERVICE CALLS
  • 2 pairs of pants replaced as required
  • Coveralls provided as needed, for those that work within confined spaces
  • 1 rain suit with a hood, replaced as required, if required to work outside
  • 1 winter toque, replaced as required, if required to work outside
  • Anti-slip summer and winter footwear (not green patch), if required to work outside
Purchasing and Materials Management: Stores Employees
  • 5 shirts (buttoned long sleeve, buttoned short sleeve or golf, at the employee’s choice), initially; 3 annually thereafter.
  • 4 pairs of pants, initially; 2 annually thereafter.
  • Sweatshirts may be selected by the employee to replace long-sleeved shirts.
  • 1 parka or bomber-style winter jacket, at the employee’s choice.
Building: Building Inspections Staff
  • 1 three-in-one jacket to be replaced as required.
Municipal Licensing and Standards: Municipal Licensing and Standards Officers
  • 5 shirts: a combination of long-sleeved and short-sleeved with shoulder crest, provided to each officer and replaced as required
  • 2 long-sleeved white shirts for those officers dealing with West Nile Virus issues
  • 1 pair of pants provided to each officer and replaced as required
  • 1 three-in-one jacket to be replaced as required
Emergency Medical Services: Dispatchers
  • 8 shirts (crested tactical long or short-sleeved or cardigan at the employee’s choice) initially, 4 annually UNIFORM
  • 4 pants initially, 2 annually UNIFORM
  • Laundry service is available for those employees who choose to use it
  • 1 four-in-one jacket UNIFORM
  • Shoes/boots, safety or soft-toed at the employee’s choice
Emergency Medical Services: Cleaning staff
  • 8 shirts (golf, T-shirt, pullover, or tactical long or short-sleeved at the employee’s choice) initially, 4 annually UNIFORM
  • 4 tactical pants initially, 2 annually UNIFORM
  • 1 four-in-one jacket UNIFORM
  • 1 belt
Solid Waste Management Services: By-law Enforcement Officer
  • 5 pairs of pants (crested) initially, 2 annually thereafter UNIFORM
  • 8 shirts (crested) initially, 2 annually if required UNIFORM
  • 2 T-shirts annually
  • 4-in-1 coat for spring, fall and winter use, replaced as needed UNIFORM
  • 1 sweater, replaced as required
  • 1 rain jacket, replaced as required
  • 1 hat annually
  • 1 belt, replaced as required UNIFORM
  • 1 wide-brimmed sun hat with logo, replaced as needed UNIFORM
  • 1 tie, replaced as needed UNIFORM FOR COURT APPEARANCES
Solid Waste Management Services: Engineering Technicians and Technologists who go out into the field
  • In sufficient quantities for daily use, laundered pants, shirts and coveralls are available to those employees who choose to wear them
  • 1 Winter parka or bomber jacket
  • Rainwear
Technical Services: Engineering Survey Employees, Data Integration and Control Surveys Employees and Land and Property Surveys Employees
  • 3 golf shirts, long or short-sleeved at the employee’s choice, annually
  • 2 pants, annually
Technical Services: Works Facilities and Structures and District Engineering - Works Inspectors and Development Inspectors
  • 5 golf-style shirts, short-sleeved or long sleeved at the employee's choice, initially; 3 annually thereafter UNIFORM
  • Sweatshirts may be selected by the employee to replace long-sleeved shirts. UNIFORM
  • 4 pairs of pants, initially; 2 annually thereafter
  • 1 parka or bomber style winter jacket, at the employee's choice UNIFORM
  • 1 spring/fall jacket UNIFORM
Transportation Services - Right of Way Management Group: By-law Enforcement Officers
  • 5 shirts, short or long-sleeved at the employee’s choice, annually UNIFORM
  • 5 pairs of pants (long or short), annually UNIFORM
  • 1 black tie, replaced as required UNIFORM FOR COURT APPEARANCES
  • 1 three-in-one jacket, replaced as required UNIFORM
  • 2 sweaters initially, 1 annually
Transportation Services: Traffic Operations
  • 1 three-in-one jacket, at the employee’s choice, replaced as required
Transportation Services: Road Operations and Cut Repair
  • 3 golf shirts, short or long-sleeved at the employee’s choice, annually
  • 2 pants, annually
  • 1 three-in-one jacket, replaced as required
Transportation Services: Traffic Management Centre 703 Don Mills
  • 1 three-in-one jacket, replaced as required
Toronto Water: Downspout Disconnection Program Co-ordinators
  • 1 three-in one winter jacket
  • 5 golf shirts initially, 3 annually UNIFORM
  • 2 pants, annually
Toronto Water: Works Forepersons

Note: For Forepersons who work primarily in the road allowance, the following clothing entitlement will have high-visibility features.

  • 1 linesman's coat
  • 1 parka or bomber style winter jacket, at the employee's choice
  • Laundered wearing apparel will be made available on a weekly basis as follows:

    • 5 short-sleeved or long-sleeved button-style shirts, at the employee's choice.
    • Sweatshirts may be selected by the employee to replace long-sleeved shirts.
    • 4 pairs of pants
  • Coveralls/overalls may be selected by the employee to replace shirt/pant combinations.
Toronto Water: Chemists/Chemical Assistants, Lab Technicians
  • 3 laundered lab coats weekly
  • Parka or bomber style jacket and/or spring/fall jacket (as appropriate to season) to those who are responsible for transport of laboratory samples
Toronto Water: Engineering Inspectors
  • 5 golf-style shirts, short-sleeved or long sleeved at the employee's choice, initially; 3 annually thereafter UNIFORM
  • Sweatshirts may be selected by the employee to replace long-sleeved shirts. UNIFORM
  • 4 pairs of pants, initially; 2 annually thereafter NON-UNIFORM
  • 1 parka or bomber style winter jacket, at the employee's choice UNIFORM
  • 1 spring/fall jacket UNIFORM
Toronto Water: Contract Inspectors
  • Rainwear
  • 1 three-in-one jacket, parka or bomber jacket, at the employee’s choice, replaced as required
  • Coveralls are available if job duties warrant their use
Toronto Water: Quality Control Investigators (including those who transport laboratory samples)
  • Parka or bomber-style winter jacket
  • Laundered shirts: 3 short-sleeved, 3 long-sleeved
  • Laundered pants: 3 pair
  • Windbreaker
Toronto Water: Plants Stores (Ashbridges Bay)
  • 5 laundered shirts per week (short or long-sleeved button shirts at the employee’s choice)
  • 4 laundered pants per week
  • 1 parka or bomber-style winter jacket, replaced as required
Toronto Water: Plants Labs (Ashbridges Bay)
  • 3 laundered lab coats, replaced as required
Toronto Water: Industrial Waste and Stormwater Quality Enforcement Officers (30 Dee Ave)
  • 4 shirts (short or long sleeved at the employee’s choice), replaced as required
  • 4 pants, replaced as required
  • Cleaning costs for apparel soiled at work will be reimbursed, at the employee's request
  • 1 four-in-one jacket (breathable and waterproof) – replaced as required

Section 3

Protective Equipment, Protective Clothing and Wearing Apparel Committee
The committee will monitor the practices and procedures outlined in this policy and will meet as required. The Committee will jointly address any inconsistencies and issues/concerns raised through the implementation of the policy.










Approved by

Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 79

Date Approved

August 29, 2006

Revised

October 2, 2006



Attachments

Housekeepers Allowance MOA FINAL-s.pdf (1598 Kbytes)
LTCHS_MOA_processed FINAL-s.pdf (62 Kbytes)
PF&R Ski & Snowboard MOA_processed FINAL-s.pdf (417 Kbytes)
SSHA Streets to Homes MOA_processed FINAL-s.pdf (329 Kbytes)
MLS_PC&WA _final Nov 2008_processed FINAL-s.pdf (103 Kbytes)
PFR Ski & Snowboard 2012 MOA_processed FINAL-s.pdf (208 Kbytes)
City Clerks_Council reception staff_processed FINAL-s.pdf (184 Kbytes)
MLS_PCWA_July 2016.pdf (81 Kbytes)

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