Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Concluded Regional Alliances - Region V

  1. Alliance Background
  2. Date Signed

    July 19, 2007

    Alliance Overview

    The alliance will provide CIB/AGC members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help protect employees, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to construction industry hazards related to falls, being crushed, electricity, and amputations.

    Implementation Team Members

    The Implementation Team Members included the Peoria OSHA office's Compliance Assistance Specialist; Scott Larkin, Director of Labor Relations and Dennis Larson, Executive Vice President for Central Illinois Builders.

  3. Implementation Team Meetings
  4. On June 25, 2008, Brian Bothast met with several members of the Central Illinois Builders Safety Committee to develop a suitable action plan for the alliance. The group agreed to make arrangements for the facilities and promote a training session in December. The group also agreed to participate as a co-sponsor for the Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Conference.

    On May 29, 2009, Brian Bothast participated in an implementation meeting with Scott Larkin and Dennis Larson. Brian addressed the participation issue this year and both agreed that they wanted to continue with the alliance and an action plan was developed for next year.

  5. Activities and Products
  6. Evaluation Period.

    The evaluation period was from July 20, 2008 to July 20, 2009

    Alliance Activity.

    On December 3, 2008, Brian Bothast (CAS) presented a three hour training session on the personal protective equipment standards, the new hexavalent chrome standard, OSHA's Portland cement inspection guidelines, and electrical hazards. Brian also answered questions on fall hazards, excavations, OSHA's emphasis programs and a variety of other topics. The session was not attended as well as expected due to economic stresses on several Central Illinois Builders.

    Alliance Products.

    Brian developed a personal protective equipment quick reference help sheet for the Central Illinois Builders to help the firms and labor unions address the OSHA standards related to paying for personal protective equipment.
    In the training session on December 3, 2009, Brian provided participants a Portland cement help sheet to address the new OSHA guidelines.

  7. Results

    1. Impact of the Alliance activities and products
    2. The Peoria Area OSHA Office was able to reach out to personnel with safety and health responsibility and decision makers at central Illinois construction companies at a time of the year when construction activity is diminished.

      The Central Illinois Builders group provided the publicity and facilities for the outreach session. OSHA's participation allowed the Agency to reach effected workers to provide an understanding of the requirements and the methods to control hazards.

      The Central Illinois Builders participated as a co-sponsor of the Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Conference and several participated in the event.

      The presentation focused on ensuring participants gained an understanding of several new standards, the local and national emphasis programs, and electrical hazards. Brian also answered questions on a variety of safety and health topics.

    3. Activity and the number of individuals reached or trained.

    OSHA Training Sessions
    Date Topic Participants
    10/16/2008 OSHA's new paying for personal protective equipment standard 75
    12/3/2008 Training session on personal protective equipment, hexavalent chrome, Portland cement guidelines, and electrical hazards. Brian also answered questions on fall hazards, excavations and a variety of other topics. 10
    Total participation 85

  8. Upcoming Milestones
  9. At the May 29, 2009, implementation meeting Scott Larkin and Dennis Larson indicated the alliance was valuable and several additional ideas were advanced to improve hazard recognition for participants.

    Report prepared by: Brian Bothast

Payment for protective equipment - 1910.132 (h)

Personal protective equipment (PPE) used to comply with the standard shall be provided by the employer at no cost to employees.

The employer is not required to pay for non-specialty safety-toe protective footwear (including steel-toe shoes or steel-toe boots) and non-specialty prescription safety eyewear, provided that the employer permits such items to be worn off the job-site.

When the employer provides metatarsal guards and allows the employee, at his or her request, to use shoes or boots with built-in metatarsal protection, the employer is not required to reimburse the employee for the shoes or boots.

The employer is not required to pay for:

Logging boots required by 29 CFR 1910.266(d)(1)(v); Everyday clothing, such as long-sleeve shirts, long pants, street shoes, and normal work boots Ordinary clothing, skin creams, or other items, used solely for protection from weather, such as winter coats, jackets, gloves, parkas, rubber boots, hats, raincoats, ordinary sunglasses, and sunscreen.

The employer must pay for replacement PPE, except when the employee has lost or intentionally damaged the PPE.

Where an employee provides adequate protective equipment that he or she owns, the employer may allow the employee to use it. The employer shall not require an employee to provide or pay for his or her own PPE

This standard became effective on February 13, 2008. Employers must implement the PPE payment requirements no later than May 15, 2008.

Note: When the provisions of another OSHA standard specify whether or not the employer must pay for specific equipment, the payment provisions of that standard shall prevail.

Employers do not have to pay for:

  • Non-specialty safety-toe protective footwear (steel-toe shoes/boots)
  • Non-specialty prescription safety eyewear
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen
  • Sturdy work shoes
  • Lineman's boots
  • Ordinary cold weather gear (coats, parkas, cold weather gloves, winter boots)
  • Logging boots required under Sec. 1910.266(d)(1)(v)
  • Ordinary rain gear
  • Back belts
  • Long sleeve shirts and long pants
  • Dust masks used under the voluntary use provisions in 1910.134.

Employers must pay for:

  • Metatarsal foot protection
  • Boots for longshoremen working logs
  • Rubber boots with steel toes
  • Shoe covers, toe caps & metatarsal guards.
  • Non-prescription eye protection
  • Prescription eyewear inserts/lenses for full face respirators
  • Prescription eyewear inserts/lenses for welding and diving helmets
  • Goggles and face shields
  • Laser safety goggles
  • Fire fighting PPE (helmet, gloves, boots, proximity suits, full gear)
  • Hard hat
  • Hearing protection
  • Welding PPE
  • Items used to protect from infectious agents
    - (aprons, lab coats, goggles, disposable gloves, shoe covers, etc)
  • Gloves used for protection from dermatitis, severe cuts/abrasions.
  • Rubber sleeves
  • Aluminized gloves
  • Chemical resistant gloves & clothing
  • Barrier creams (unless used solely for weather-related protection)
  • Rubber insulating gloves
  • Mesh cut proof gloves
  • Mesh or leather aprons
  • SCBA, atmosphere-supplying respirators (escape only)
  • Respiratory protection
  • Fall protection.
  • Ladder safety device belts
  • Climbing ensembles used by linemen (e.g., belts and climbing hooks)
  • Window cleaners safety straps
  • Personal flotation devices (life jacket)
  • Chemical protective suits
  • Reflective work vests
  • Bump caps
Topic Requirement Completed
Personal Protective Equipment

1910.132 1926.95
Appropriate PPE, boots, gloves and eye protection is provided when necessary for the job  
Employees can clean or exchange PPE if it becomes ineffective or contaminated on the inside with Portland cement while in use  
Equipment is maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition when not in use  

1910.141(d) 1926.51(f)(1)
Washing facilities provided with clean water, non-alkaline soap, and clean towels are available  
Washing facilities are in near proximity to the worksite and adequate for the number of exposed employees and the size of the job  
Airborne exposures

1926.55, 1910.134
8-hour TWA exposures to Portland cement or particulates not otherwise regulated (PNOR) do not exceed 15 mg/m3 PEL as total dust  
Where exposures exceed the PEL, employees are provided respirators and a comprehensive respiratory protection program has been implemented  
Hazard communication and training

1910.1200 1926.21
MSDSs indicate the hazards of Portland cement, including the hexavalent chromium content  
Employees are trained on hazards associated with exposure to Portland cement and hexavalent chromium
Employees are trained on preventive measures, including proper use and care of PPE, and the importance of proper hygiene practice
Employees are trained on access to hygiene facilities, PPE, and information (MSDSs)

Employer records each case of occupational dermatitis that meets the recordability criteria in 1904.4 in illness and injury logs  
Employer informs employees of how to report their work-related illnesses and injuries.