NPCA Staff Report
The current rule, as written, only requires that PPE is available to all workers and that it is maintained to provide maximum safety.
In a statement, OSHA said this new language is expected to improve safety for approximately 10% of the U.S. construction workforce, especially women, who disproportionately wear ill-fitting one-size-fits-all equipment that ranges anywhere from being an irritant to a hazard.
Many companies already have moved away from standard sizing to a variety of equipment available based on a worker’s height, weight and body shape.
Once published, OSHA will accept public comments on the rule until Sept. 18.