The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued the “Enforcement Guidance for Personal Protective in General Industry,” a directive that provides enforcement personnel with instructions for determining whether employers have complied with OSHA personal protective equipment standards. The directive was effective Feb. 10.
issued a final rule on “Employer Payment for Personal Protective Equipment” in
November 2007. The rule required employers in general industry, shipyard
employment, longshoring, marine terminals and construction to provide most
types of required PPE at no cost to the worker. The agency also issued a final
rule in September 2009 updating its PPE standards so that they are more
consistent with current consensus standards.
personal protective equipment standards require employers to provide - at no
cost to workers - protective equipment, such as goggles and face shields that
fit properly without restricting vision; earplugs and earmuffs when they will
reduce noise to acceptable levels and are less costly than administrative and
engineering controls; and respirators to protect workers from exposure to air
the directive lists PPE and other items exempted from the employer payment
requirements and includes questions and answers useful in clarifying PPE
payment concerns. Visit OSHA’s Safety and Health Topics page on personal
for more information.
directive replaces Inspection Guidelines for 29 CFR 1910 Subpart I, the revised
Personal Protective Equipment Standards for General Industry issued in June
1995. Changes in this directive include clarifying what type of PPE employers
must provide at no cost to workers, and when employers are required and not
required to pay for PPE. The directive also provides guidance that allows
employers to use PPE that complies with current consensus standards and updates
PPE enforcement policies based on court and review commission decisions.
OSHA Issues Enforcement Guidance On Personal Protective Equipment
March 2, 2011