A description of the proposed changes are as follows:

1. TITLE 8:

General Industry Safety Orders
Chapter 7, Subchapter 7, Article 10.1, Sections 3404(b) and 3408(d)
Face Shield and Toe Protection for Structural Firefighters

INITIAL STATEMENT OF REASONS


INFORMATIVE DIGEST OF PROPOSED ACTION/PLAIN ENGLISH OVERVIEW

Section 3404. Eye and Face Protection.

Existing Section 3404 requires employers to protect the eyes and faces of firefighters exposed to injurious substances, particles, flame, heat, etc. in accordance with Section 3382. In addition to the protection required by Section 3382, and when respirator face shields do not provide adequate protection, the employer is to provide added protection by any number of various means which include but are not limited to: helmet attached face shields, heat and flame resistant hoods, high collars, etc. This section also requires all glass and plastic face shields to conform to the design criteria specified by ANSI Z87.1-1979 and also addresses face shields made of materials other than glass or plastic, with minimum visibility requirements and heat resistance. Finally, this section addresses the construction and testing of firefighters’ hood and coat collars.

A revision to subsection (b) is proposed to delete the reference to the 1979 edition of the ANSI Z87.1 and create a new subsection (b)(1) to address the use of face shields purchased after a specified date to be filled in by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), and requiring them to meet specific criteria contained in the ANSI Z87.1-1989 with revision Z87.1a-1989. Further revisions are proposed to create a new subsection (b)(2) to address face shields purchased on or before the OAL filled in date and permitting them to meet either the ANSI Z87.1-1979 or 1989 with revision Z87.1a-1989. In both cases the updated ANSI standard is proposed for incorporation by reference.

The proposed revisions will effect employers who are already using face shields that conform to either edition of the ANSI Z87.1 standard. The proposal will ensure that firefighters are provided with face shields that provide improved safe performance as a result of state-of-the-art face shield design criteria.

Section 3408. Foot Protection.

This section establishes requirements for the design and use of foot protection by structural firefighters including but not limited to: wearing foot protection as a part of a firefighter’s clothing ensemble, criteria for turnout boots, use of slip resistant outersoles, sole penetration criteria, midsole design, ankle support, use of lockables, corrosion-resistant fasteners, etc.

Subsection (d)(6) requires employers to provide toe protection meeting the requirements of ANSI Z41-1983, classification 75.

A revision is proposed to delete the existing ANSI reference for replacement by a reference to the ANSI Z41-1991 standard which is proposed for incorporation by reference.

The proposed revisions will only require employers not already providing toe protection which conforms to the updated ANSI standard to replace the toe protection and provide the firefighter with toe protection that does conform to the updated ANSI standard. This effect is expected to be insignificant because employers for the most part already use toe protection which meets the updated ANSI standards criteria.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

1.    American National Standard (ANSI) Z41-1991, "American National Standard for Personal Protection-Protective          Footwear."

2.    ANSI Z87.1-1989, "American National Standard Practice for Occupational and Educational Eye and Face
       Protection."

3.    ANSI Z87.1a-1989 revision, "American National Standard Practice for--Occupational and Educational Eye and          Face Protection Supplement to."

These documents are too cumbersome or impractical to publish in Title 8. Therefore, it is proposed to incorporate the documents by reference. Copies of these documents are available for review during normal business hours at the Standards Board Office located at 1300 I Street, Suite 920, Sacramento, California.

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