The Occupational Safety & Health Administration announced a significant change to its Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) rule on Nov. 14, 2007, which could cost employers $85 million. The amended rule, which OSHA has had in the works since 1999, was published in the Federal Register Nov. 15, 2007. OSHA will begin enforcing it May 15, 2008. The final rule does not create any new requirements as to what PPE employers must provide. Regardless of who provides the PPE, the employer is required to see that the equipment used is adequate to protect the employee from workplace hazards.
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