As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.
As the construction industry can present many dangers to its employees, the standards for safety equipment are high. Safety measures must be put in place when heavy machinery is being used, and the construction site must be kept clear of hazards wherever possible. The occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) have put laws in place which necessitate the giving of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all employees. However, there are regulations put in place regarding the choosing and the upkeep of this equipment that should be followed.
PPE must be provided for appropriate reason
The PPE equipment provided to employees should directly reflect that hazards that they are exposed to and serve to effectively minimize these hazards. For example, when working with chemicals, employees should be given respiratory devices, goggles and protective clothing. A hardhat should be a mandatory item of personal protective equipment on any construction site. Protective barriers and shields should be placed around the site in order to effectively warn employees of particularly hazardous areas where PPE is mandatory.
PPE standards must be maintained
Employees can provide personal protective equipment of their own, but there must be stringent checks put in place to ensure that this equipment is up to acceptable standards for use. If an employer feels that the equipment is not fit for use, or there are items missing, they must provide new equipment to the employee. However, if the equipment that has been provided by the employee is considered appropriate and this then becomes damaged or lost, the employer does not need to reimburse the cost of the equipment, they only need to provide an alternative.
The regulations regarding replacement PPE
Although is most cases employers are responsible for the upkeep and replacement of any PPE provided to employees, if the employee in question has lost or purposely damaged the PPE, the employer does not need to cover the cost and can actually recover the cost from the employee.
Regulations regarding specialty PPE
When an employer has provided equipment that reaches all standards of use, they do not have to give any extra or alternative equipment such as prescription safety eyewear. If an employee feels that they require additional PPE, even though it is not lawfully necessary, they may provide this themselves. However the responsibility for the upkeep and the replacement of this equipment will solely lie with them and the employer need not have any involvement in the process.
For more information on safety equipment, contact a professional like American Scaffolding Inc.Share
15 July 2015