A description of the proposed changes are as follows:

1. TITLE 8:

Chapter 4, Subchapter 5, Article 3, Sections 1515(a), 1516(d) and 1517(c)

Head, Eye/Face and Foot Protective Equipment



Section 1515. Head Protection.

Existing Section 1515 requires head protection for employees exposed to hazards which could result in head injury (i.e. falling objects, electric shock, etc.) and contains references to the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) Z89.1-1969, Z89.2-1971 and Z89.1-1981 standards for head protection. Section 1515 specifically addresses head protection in situations where the employee may be exposed to energized conductors above and below 600 volts. This section also addresses head injuries caused by hair entanglement on moving equipment/machinery.

Revisions are proposed to delete Section 1515(a), subsections (1) through (4), which reference the outdated ANSI Z89.1-1969, Z89.2-1971 and Z89.1-1981 standards for industrial head protection for industrial workers and electrical workers; and to add language to subsection (a) to refer the employer to the existing head protection requirements contained in Section 3381 of the General Industry Safety Orders.

The proposed revisions will require the employer to consult the General Industry Safety Orders prior to determining applicable Title 8 head protection requirements. There will not be any added or new effect upon the employer except what has been described above.

Section 1516. Eye and Face Protection.

This section contains specific requirements for employees working in locations where they may be exposed to eye injury from flying particles, punctures, abrasions, contusions, burns, or injurious light rays and addresses the use of safety glasses, face shields, goggles and laser protection.

Section 1516(d) requires eye and face protection to meet the ANSI Z87.1-1979, Practice for Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection standard. Revisions are proposed to delete the reference to the ANSI standard indicated above for replacement by a reference to Section 3382(d) of the General Industry Safety Orders.

The proposed revisions will require the employer to comply with the general industry eye and face protection requirements, which contain updated National Consensus Standard language pertaining to occupational and educational eye and face protection. The proposed revisions will also have the effect of consolidating eye/face protection requirements at a single location within Title 8, making it easier for the employer to locate and comply with them.

Section 1517. Foot Protection.

This section requires employees to wear appropriate foot protection when their feet are exposed to hazards such as crushing blows, penetrating actions, falling objects, wet/slippery surfaces, etc.

Section 1517(c) requires safety-toe footwear to meet the requirements of ANSI Z41.1-1967 safety toe footwear standard. Revisions are proposed to delete the ANSI Z41.1-1967 reference and replace it with language referring the employer to Section 3385(c) of the GISO, which addresses the same issue via updated ANSI standard specifications.

The proposed revisions will make it easier for the employer to locate and comply with the ANSI standard for safety-toe footwear. The employer will only need to consult the GISO to determine the safety-toe footwear requirements.