Back to Concluded Regional Alliances - Region V
July 19, 2007
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.
- Implementation Team Meetings
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.
Activities and Products
The evaluation period was from July 20, 2008 to July 20, 2009
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.
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.
- Impact of the Alliance activities and products
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
The Central Illinois Builders participated as a co-sponsor of the Downstate
Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Conference and several participated in
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.
Activity and the number of individuals reached or trained.
OSHA Training Sessions
OSHA's new paying for personal protective equipment standard
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.
- Upcoming Milestones
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
Sturdy work shoes
Ordinary cold weather gear (coats, parkas, cold weather gloves, winter boots)
Logging boots required under Sec. 1910.266(d)(1)(v)
Ordinary rain gear
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
INSPECTION CHECKLIST FOR WORKSITES WITH PORTLAND CEMENT
Personal Protective Equipment
|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
|Equipment is maintained in a sanitary and
reliable condition when not in use
|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
|8-hour TWA exposures to Portland cement or
particulates not otherwise regulated (PNOR) do not exceed 15 mg/m3 PEL as
|Where exposures exceed the PEL, employees
are provided respirators and a comprehensive respiratory protection program
has been implemented
Hazard communication and training
|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
|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
|Employer informs employees of how to report
their work-related illnesses and injuries.