From:Deb Jacobson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date:Tuesday, October 24, 2000 10:30 AM
In the October 2000 edition of Occupational Health & Safety magazine an article titled "Best Foot Forward - Some employees have doctored their protective footware, even dangerously so, to avoid paying for it themselves", by Jerry Laws and Linda F. Johnson Below is a summary and the full text article can be found on their web site at http://www.ohsonline.com/ Originally proposed in the Federal Register on March 31, 1999, OSHA expects to finalize a rule on Employer Payment For Personal Protective Equipment within this year. OSHA has proposed a rule which requires employers to pay for employee's personal protective equipment (PPE), however there are three types of PPE for which OSHA intends to grant employers an exception if they meet the specific conditions. Metatarsal foot protection (safety shoes), and prescription safety glasses are exempt from the "employer pays" rule. The current exceptions to the rule have to do with employee's ability to use the PPE outside of work.