OSHA Compliance

OSHA clears up doubts about payment responsibilities for its new PPE directive

OSHA clears up doubts about payment responsibilities for its new PPE directive
OSHA has released a new directive that updates and details compliance for employers to provide employees and workers with personal protective equipment. This enforcement guidance was issued for the general industry workers.

This directive replaces the previous guidelines of 29 CFR Part 1910 Subpart l, which were the revised standards issued in 1995 for the workers of the general industry.

The most significant changes made were:

  • The type of personal protective equipment that must be provided at no cost, when employers are required to pay or are required to replace equipment, and when employers are not required to pay for the equipment.

  • The payment requirements for the personal protective equipment that is worn off the job site, for the equipment that must be left at the job site and for the equipment that is owned by employees.

  • Enforcement policies that give details about court and review commission decision with regards to protective equipment.

  • Guidance that helps employers to use equipment that is constructed in accordance with the latest national consensus standards.

  • This rule however, does not change any of the current OSHA requirements with regards to the type of PPE that must be provided. Instead, the directive basically makes it clear that employers are required to pay for PPE in order to comply with the OSHA standards.

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