Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to serious workplace injuries and illnesses. These injuries and illnesses may result from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Personal protective equipment may include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, or coveralls, vests and full body suits.
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Enforcement Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued the Enforcement Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment in General Industry*, a directive that provides enforcement personnel with instructions for determining whether employers have complied with OSHA personal protective equipment (PPE) standards. The directive was effective Feb. 10, 2011.
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Enforcement Guidance for PPE
To Introduce the New OSHA Standard for Employer Payment for Personal Protective Equipment - Wednesday, November 14, 2007
PURPOSE OF DEVELOPING THE RULE
Over the years, there has been some confusion about whether or not employers are required to pay for personal protective equipment. Publishing this rule accomplishes three objectives:
First, it implements the underlying requirement in the OSH Act that employers pay for workplace safety and health.
Second, it creates a clear and consistent policy across OSHA's standards, reducing confusion about the items that employers are required to pay for.
Third, and most important, OSHA estimates that the rule will result in over 21,000 fewer occupational injuries per year - such as head, foot and eye injuries, lacerations, and chemical burns that, in many cases, may be so severe that they can leave an employee permanently disabled.
Full Memorandum: To Introduce the New OSHA Standard for Employer Payment for Personal Protective Equipment (2007)
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