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OSHA Issues Final PPE Rule

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its final rule on clarifying employers’ duty to provide Personal Protective Equipment and train each employee.

 

The final rule was published in the December 12 Federal Register. The rule revises OSHA standards to clarify that employers must provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and hazards training for each employee covered by the standards.

Each employee who is not protected may be considered a separate violation, with penalties assessed accordingly. This revised language is consistent with language in other standards for which per-employee citations have been upheld.

The final rule amendments do not add new compliance obligations. Employers are not required to provide new kinds of PPE or hazards training or use a different approach than what is already required. Additionally, employers are not required to provide PPE or training to employees not already covered by existing requirements.

"This technical correction to the PPE standard brings it in line with other OSHA safety and health standards," said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Thomas M. Stohler.

 

"By making this change, those few employers who egregiously violate the OSHA PPE standard can be held fully accountable for violations affecting each employee who is not provided proper PPE. This kind of vigorous enforcement is a vital component of OSHA's balanced approach to workplace safety and health."

For more information, visit

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=FEDERAL_REGISTER&p_id=20094.

 

   

Tagged categories: Health and safety; OSHA; OSHA

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (1/28/2009, 3:30 PM)

A direct link to the article at OSHA would be a heck of a lot more useful than a link to the OSHA main page.


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