OSHA Proposed Protective Clothing and Safety Gear Fit Rule

OSHA Proposed Protective Clothing and Safety Gear Fit Rule
By: Mike Oscar

On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, OSHA’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health approved the development of a proposed federal worker safety rule mandating that protective clothing and safety gear fit the person wearing it.   If the rule is enacted, construction workers would have the same right to properly fitting protective equipment OSHA already enforces for workers in manufacturing and maritime industries.   Currently, construction companies are required to provide personal protective equipment such as flame-resistant clothing and protective gloves to workers, but there is not a specific mandate that the gear fit.   The committee will be collecting comments from the industry to properly define “fit.”

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