OSHA to issue PPE rule by November
In response to a Jan. 3 federal lawsuit filed by the AFL-CIO and the
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, the Department
of Labor told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that
OSHA would issue a final rule on employer payment for employees' personal
protective equipment in November.
OSHA first proposed a PPE rule in 1999 that would require employers to
pay the costs of workers' protective clothing, lifelines, face shields
and other equipment, but final disposition was delayed in various stages
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-CA, who had introduced legislation (H.R.
1327) to compel the rule, said she would monitor OSHA to ensure the agency
implements the rule.