As you know, OSHA has had requirements for providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to employees since the inception of the Act. In addition, issues have arisen as to whether the employer or the employee has a duty to pay for the PPE. We have seen an increasing number of citations involving these regulations which were last revised on Feb. 13, 2008 and have found that there is confusion about the employer’s duty. OSHA issued Guidance to its compliance officers on Feb. 10, 2011 on how to interpret these regulations and conduct inspections for potential violations. This article is a detailed overview of the regulation, highlights the new Guidance and provides recommendations to employers.
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