Magazine article Occupational Hazards

ISEA Challenges OSHA PPE Standards Proposal

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

ISEA Challenges OSHA PPE Standards Proposal

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The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has challenged a proposed OSHA rule to regulate the use of safety eyewear and hard hats, saying the proposed changes in the way the agency recognizes product performance standards for personal protective equipment (PPE) potentially could reduce the level of protection for workers and make compliance with the rule more difficult for employers.

Under OSHA's proposal, references to the standards would be replaced with a requirement that PPE meet "good design standards," an approach that ISEA says offers no assurance of a minimum level of protection.

ISEA's alternative would maintain the reference to the current version of the standard, and include a method by which OSHA could evaluate standards that offer equivalent protection and allow employers to use products meeting those standards.

This approach "maintains the level of performance of PPE that meets the consensus standard in the current regulation, so that worker protection is not compromised," according to the ISEA submission. It gives employers the flexibility to select PPE that best meets their workers' needs, based on hazard assessment. …

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