Trade News Release
Thursday, June 24, 1999
PHONE : (202) 693-1999
OSHA SEEKS COMMENTS ON EMPLOYER SURVEY OF PAYMENT FOR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Results of a nationwide telephone survey of employers on current patterns of personal protective equipment payment and use are available for review and comment, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today.
The survey is available in the OSHA Docket Office, Room N-2625, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210, telephone (202) 693-2350. It has been added to the docket (Docket S-042) for the rulemaking on OSHA's proposed rule to require employers to pay for most personal protective equipment.
OSHA is inviting comments and testimony on the survey, as well as on the impact of the proposed rule on the shipyard industry.
After OSHA issued its proposal, the Shipbuilders Council of America, a trade association of shipyards, contacted the agency with concerns about the impact of the proposal on their members.
The council told OSHA that the cost of welding gloves and other personal protective equipment, especially "leathers" worn to protect employees against welding sparks, slag, and molten metal, often is covered in the collective bargaining agreements. OSHA is seeking comments on how the proposed requirements would impact the shipyard industry.
A public hearing on the OSHA proposal on personal protective equipment will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 10 in the auditorium of the U.S. Department of Labor (Frances Perkins Building), 200 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. It will extend through Aug. 20, 1999, depending on the number of persons planning to participate.
Written comments, notices of intention to appear at the public hearing, testimony, and documentary evidence must be submitted in quadruplicate to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket S-042, Room N-2625, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210 telephone: 202-693-2350.
Commenters should identify the document as a comment, notice of intention to appear, testimony or documentary evidence. Comments of 10 pages or less may be faxed to the Docket Office at 202-693-1648. Comments must be postmarked by July 23, 1999, and notices of intention to appear must be postmarked by July 16, 1999.
Written comments may also be submitted with a hard copy and a disk in WordPerfect 5.0, 5.1, 6.0, 8.0 or ASCII to the Docket Office.
Comments may also be submitted electronically through OSHA's Internet site at URL, httpp://www.osha-slc.gov/e-comments/e-comments-ppe.html. Information such as studies, journal articles, etc., cannot be attached to the electronic response and must be submitted in quadruplicate to the above address. Such attachments must identify the respondent's electronic submission by name, date, and subject, so they can be attached to the correct response. Electronic comments must be submitted by July 23, 1999.
Notice of the request for comments and testimony on the survey is published in the Thursday, June 24, 1999, issue of the Federal Register.
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Information on this news release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-693-1999.