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12/03/2007

NEW FEDERAL RULE REQUIRES EMPLOYERS TO PAY FOR EMPLOYEE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Although current OSHA standards generally require that employers provide PPE not all standards specify that the employer is to provide PPE at no cost to employees. Thus, the main purpose of this new rule is to establish the requirement that employers pay for PPE with limited exception. The final rule becomes effective on February 13, 2008 and must be implemented no later than May 15, 2008.

Under the new rule, employers must provide and pay for most of their employees’ PPE but there are a few exceptions.

Non-specialty safety-toe protective footwear (including steel-toe shoes or steel-toe boots) and non-specialty prescription safety eyewear, provided that the employer permits such items to be worn off the job-site.

When the employer provides metatarsal guards and allows the employee, at his or her request, to use shoes or boots with built-in metatarsal protection, the employer is not required to reimburse the employee for the shoes or boots.

Everyday clothing, such as long-sleeve shirts, long pants, street shoes, and normal work boots; or skin creams, or other items, used solely for protection from weather, such as winter coats, jackets, gloves, parkas, rubber boots, hats, raincoats, ordinary sunglasses, and sunscreen.

For a complete article on complying with OSHA's PPE requirements please see the December issue of TXANS News.

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