The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is
seeking to tighten regulations involving workplace exposures where
employers are required to provide personal protective equipment
(PPE) and training to their employees. In a recent notice of
proposed rulemaking, OSHA aims to clarify the remedies for
violations of its PPE and training standards affecting general
industry and construction.
The proposed rule amends a number of respiratory protection and
training regulations; its intent is to treat each failure by an
employer to provide training or a respirator to an employee as a
separate, distinct OSHA violation with its own penalty.
The language in most OSHA regulations requiring training or
respirator use varies and has been open to diverse interpretations
by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC),
the agency that initially settles disputes between...
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