Personal protective equipment, or PPE, is one of the most important tools workers can use to avoid workers comp cases in Queens, NY
. But who is required to pay for PPE?
When Do Employers Pay for Personal Protective Equipment?
As of 2008, employers must provide the employee PPE if the equipment is necessary to comply with OSHA standards. Employers must also train all employees in PPE care and use and replace or repair PPE that have worn down or been damaged. Businesses cannot charge workers for these repairs or replacements.
Workers may provide their own PPE, but the choice must be completely voluntary. If a worker wants to use his own PPE, the employer must ensure that the equipment meets OSHA standards and provides adequate protection.Even if the employer agrees that the PPE becomes the property of the employee, the business cannot charge the...