by Gary W. Auman, Esq.
Several issues have been occurring in OSHA over the last few weeks about which you, as a MRCA member, should be aware.
First, and perhaps most important, is the fact that in November 2007 OSHA promulgated a new personal protective equipment standard. This new standard has just gone into effect and requires that each employer provide, at no cost to the employee, all personal protective equipment required for that employee to safely perform his/her job. As with all OSHA standards, there are some exceptions created in the standard. First, you do not have to purchase safety shoes or prescription safety glasses for your employees. The theory behind these exceptions is that these types of equipment can be worn by employees away from the worksite because of their functionality. With the employee wearing prescription glasses, you would have to provide the employee some form of safety eyewear that can be worn over their prescription glasses if they choose not to buy prescription safety glasses. In addition, you do not have to provide your employees with cold weather clothing.