Today’s post comes from G. Neil’s HR News Weekly:
A new directive issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – titled Enforcement Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment in General Industry – will assist enforcement personnel in determining whether employers are in compliance with PPE standards.
Effective Feb. 10, 2011, the directive replaces Inspection Guidelines for 29 CFR 1910 Subpart 1, the revised Personal Protective Equipment Standards for General Industry issued in June 1995. It clarifies what type of PPE employers in general industry, shipyard employment, long shoring, marine terminals and construction must provide at no cost to workers. This typically includes goggles and face shields that fit properly without restricting vision; earplugs and earmuffs that reduce noise to acceptable levels and cost less than administrative and engineering controls; and respirators that protect workers from exposure to air contaminants.
The directive also addresses the types of PPE exempt from the employer payment requirements. Lastly, it covers PPE enforcement policies based on court and review commission decisions.
Learn more about OSHA safety standards and recordkeeping guidelines here.