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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AB77 Publication ID: Fall 2007 
Title: Employer Payment for Personal Protective Equipment 
Abstract: Generally, OSHA standards require that protective equipment (including personal protective equipment (PPE)) be provided and used when necessary to protect employees from hazards that can cause them injury, illness, or physical harm. In this discussion, OSHA uses the abbreviation PPE to cover both personal protective equipment and other protective equipment. In 1999, OSHA proposed to require employers to pay for PPE, with a few exceptions. The Agency continues to consider how to address this issue, and re-opened the record on July 8, 2004, to get input on issues related to PPE considered to be a "tool of the trade." The comment period ended August 23, 2004. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.132    29 CFR 1915.152    29 CFR 1917.96    29 CFR 1918.106    29 CFR 1926.95   
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b)    29 USC 657    33 USC 941    40 USC 333   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/30/1999  64 FR 15401   
NPRM Comment Period End  06/14/1999  64 FR 15401   
Informal Public Hearing End  08/13/1999    
Limited Reopening of Record  07/08/2004  69 FR 41221   
Comment Period End  08/23/2004    
Final Action  11/00/2007    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Dorothy Dougherty
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Room N-3718, FP Building, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-1950
Fax:202 693-1678