OSHA updates the PPE Standard

This past Wednesday, September the 9th, OSHA issued its final rule “revising the personal protective equipment (PPE) sections of its general industry, shipyard employment, longshoring and marine terminals standards concerning requirements for eye- and face-protective devices, and head and foot protection.”

Because advances in technology have changed the nature of PPE, a new standard that incorporated those advances and changes was necessary.

Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Jordan Barab is quote on the OSHA website: “Workers exposed to occupational hazards requiring head, foot, or eye and face protection will now be provided protection based on a standard that reflects state-of-the-art technology and materials. This final rule is another step in OSHA’s efforts to update or remove references to outdated national consensus and industry standards.”

Among the most important changes is an amendment addressing the issue of filter lenses and plates for protection against radiant energy like light or infrared.

View the final PPE Rule here.

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