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July 22, 2012

OSHA Updates Head Protection Standards

OSHA Hard Hat Warning signOSHA has issued a direct final rule and a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise the personal protective equipment (PPE) sections of its general industry, shipyard employment, longshoring, and marine terminals standards regarding requirements for head protection. OSHA also included the construction industry in the rule "to ensure consistency among the Agency's standards."

The updates will recognize the 2009 edition of the American National Standard for Industrial Head Protection, and delete reference to the 1986 edition of that standard because it is out of date.
The direct final rule will become effective on September 20, 2012 unless OSHA receives a significant adverse comment by July 23. If the agency receives significant adverse comments, the accompanying notice of proposed rulemaking will allow the agency to continue the notice-and-comment component of the rulemaking by withdrawing the direct final rule.

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