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Neglected PPE Policy Now Being Updated

April 28, 2015 by Global Administrator

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is working hard to correct outdated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) regulations. Under section 6(a) of the OSH Act, the Agency was directed to adopt new national consensus standards, but failed to implement PPE updates. Although some of the standards were properly integrated in OSHA’s updates, most of the new ruling in regards to PPE was not reflected.

The new proposals not only affect the construction industry, whose PPE standards have been left outdated, but all industries where hazardous conditions exists: dealerships, long shoring, and marine terminals. Current OSHA standards for PPE refer to outdated consensus rules, and are now undergoing final OMB review. The company announced it was tackling this multi-year project that will update policy based on National Consensus Standards.

OSHA is working hard now to implement updated PPE standards from the American National Standard’s Z87.1 2010 edition of the Eye and Face Protection (ANSI Z-87.1) for general industry. They intend to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to incorporate the 2010 edition of the American National Standard and update all consensus standards governing the design and testing of certain types of PPE.

OSHA says the proposed standards will hold companies accountable for providing safe and healthy environments for employees. Construction workers particularly are said to be better protected from eye injuries under the new standards.

The public has yet to react to future changes of PPE policy.

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Posted in: Environmental Health and Safety Tags: New OSHA policies, PPE Standards, Updated safety policies