Changes to hard hat protection requirements coming this September

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing 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 is updating the references in its standards to recognize the 2009 edition of the American National Standard for Industrial Head Protection.  OSHA also is including the construction industry in this rulemaking to ensure consistency among the agency’s standards. 

The direct final rule is expected to become effective on September 20, 2012. If the agency receives significant adverse comments prior to then, 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.

Proposed changes are outlined in the Federal Register and can be found here. This link provides a side-by-side comparison of the 2003 and 2009 versions of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard for industrial head protection referenced in the General Industry and Maritime Industry Standards.  It also provides a comparison showing the differences among the 1969, 1971, and 2009 head protection requirements for the construction industry.

For more information on working with hard hat safety, check out our two safety bulletins on hard hats available to members online

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