From: Gary Jones (email@example.com )
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2002 17:07:17 EST
Mike: I checked with one of my OSHA contacts here in Region III and this was his response:
Gary--OSHA does not mandate that employers provide tools. That issue is left up to employer-employee negotiations. In fact, OSHA recognizes that employees may supply their own tools. However, OSHA does require employers to ensure that any employee supplied tools conform to OSHA regulations.
OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.335(a)(2)(i) does require the use of insulated tools.
The standard reads as follows:
When working near exposed energized conductors or circuit parts, each employee shall use insulated tools or handling equipment if the tools or handling equipment might make contact with such conductors or parts. If the insulating capability of insulated tools or handling equipment is subject to damage, the insulating material shall be protected.