Monday, September 22, 2008

OSHA sets public hearing on personal protective equipment and employee training requirements

In order to receive comments on its proposal aiming to clarify the remedies avaiable for violations of its personal protective equipment (PPE) and employee training requirements, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a public hearing on October 6 and 7 at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Frances Perkins Building of Washington, D.C.

PPE and training standards impose a separate compliance duty to each employee covered by the PPE or training requirements

An employer who violates one of these provisions commits a separate violation. In this proposal, OSHA seeks to amend its PPE and training standards to clarify the nature of the employer’s obligation to each employee. The proposal also aim at conforming with the language that the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has approved as the basis for per-employee citations.

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