OSHA Reopens Personal Protective Equipment Rulemaking Record

July 8, 2004
Interested parties have an additional 45 days to comment on the proposed rule for Employer Payment for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The agency received a significant amount of comments about the rule, and after analyzing the issues raised in the comments, has determined that further information is necessary to fully explore the issues concerning paying for PPE that is considered to be a "tool of the trade."

OSHA wants comments on issues that relate to whether or how a general rule on payment for PPE should address types of PPE that are typically supplied by the employee, taken from job site to job site or from employer to employer, and considered to be "tools of the trade."

The provisions in current OSHA standards that require PPE usually state that the employer is to provide or ensure the use of PPE. Certain provisions specify that the employer is to provide PPE at no cost to the employee; others suggest that PPE is owned by the employee, while other provisions are silent as to who is obligated to pay for this equipment.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

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Sandy Smith is the former content director of EHS Today, and is currently the EHSQ content & community lead at Intelex Technologies Inc. She has written about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990.

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