Breaking News: OSHA Proposes Rule on PPE Use in Construction

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  • 19 July 2023
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notice of proposed rulemaking to clarify personal protective equipment (PPE) use standards for the construction industry was issued today by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). The intent is to align construction standards with general industry and maritime standards that are designed to ensure the right fit.

The proposed rule addresses expressed concerns that some workers in construction trades are expected wear PPE that does not provide adequate protection due to their height, weight or body type. (See related blog post.) According to OSHA, unlike general industry and maritime standards, the existing construction standard does not clearly state that PPE must properly fit each affected employee.

OSHA said it does not expect the clarification to increase employers’ costs or compliance burdens. Use the Federal eRulemaking Portal and reference Docket No. OSHA-2019-0003 to submit comments by Sept. 18, 2023. To learn about WorkCare’s Total Construction Health Program, visit our Onsite Services & Clinics page and scroll down to view a short video.