Friday, March 23, 2007

OSHA Promises PPE Standard By Fall

Osha_logo_sm Back in January, we wrote about how the AFL-CIO and other groups had sued OSHA to force them to promulgate a personal protection equipment (PPE) standard.  We wondered whether a lawsuit could force the agency to issue a rule, but apparently OSHA has now agreed to issue such a rule by the Fall (via HR.BLR.com):

The Department of Labor says it plans to issue a final rule in November to cover when an employer is required to pay for personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees.

The AFL-CIO and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) said the department disclosed its intentions in court papers it submitted in response to a lawsuit filed by the unions. In the lawsuit, the unions asked a court to order the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue a final rule on who pays for PPE.

However, even if OSHA follows through and issues such a rule, it is not clear to me that such a standard would not be litigated to the hilt through the agency and courts. In other words, I think this dispute is far from being over.

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