OSHA issues enforcement guidance on providing and paying for personal protective equipment for general industry workers

A new directive went into effect Feb. 10 that provides OSHA enforcement personnel with instructions for determining whether employers have complied with the agency’s personal protective equipment standards.

These PPE standards require employers to provide–at no cost to workers–protective equipment, such as goggles and face shields to prevent eye injuries; earplugs and earmuffs to prevent hearing loss; and respirators to protect workers from exposure to air contaminants.

The new Enforcement Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment in General Industry* clarifies what type of PPE employers must provide at no cost to workers and when employers are 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.

See the news release for more information.