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ASSE Recognizes OSHA's Efforts
November 20, 2007

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently recognized the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration’s (OSHA) efforts in publishing a standard for
employer-paid personal protective equipment (PPE).

According to OSHA, under the final rule, all PPE, with a few exceptions, will be provided to employees at no cost. The few exceptions include ordinary safety-toed footwear and ordinary prescription safety eyewear the employer allows to be worn off the job site, logging boots, and ordinary clothing and weather-related gear. Employers also must pay for replacement PPE unless the employee loses or intentionally damages the
PPE. OSHA estimates that the final rule, which was published in the
Federal Register recently, will lead to more than 21,000 fewer occupational injuries per year. The standard is available here.

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