OSHA Final Rule Updates OSHA Personal Protective Equipment Standards

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today (September 9, 2009) published a final rule revising the personal  protective equipment (PPE) sections of its general industry, shipyard  employment, longshoring, and marine terminals standards regarding  requirements for eye- and face-protective devices, head protection, and  foot protection.

 The Final Rule published in today’s Federal Register:

  • Updates OSHA regulatory references to recognize more recent editions of the applicable national consensus standards
  • Deletes references to obsolete prior editions of the national consensus standards
  • Amends provisions requiring safety shoes to comply with a specific American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard
  • Amends a provision that requires filter lenses and plates in eye- protective equipment to meet a test for transmission of radiant energy specified by another ANSI standard.

Instead of the amended standards, OSHA will require this safety equipment to comply with the applicable PPE design provisions.

The changes implemented under the Final Rule will become effective on October 9, 2009.  Interested persons can review a copy of the Final Regulation here.

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