New Law Passed to Ensure Safety of Public Workers

On January 1, 2012, a new law to ensure the safety of public works employees was enacted. All employees working in the public right of way are now required to wear “personal protective equipment” (PPE). If an employee is injured on the job and is not wearing the appropriate apparel, the employer is subject to higher insurance premiums for city, county, township, special district or state. High-visibility safety material is a niche market that ensures the materials used meet federally specified performance requirements. And just like any other type of product – price increases with durability and complexity.

Over the years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have discussed ways to keep public workers safe. They agree that employers are in a much stronger legal position if they can document that they’ve selected apparel that protects workers.

Fore more information on garment requirements and which employees must adhere to those requirements, visit Public Works Magazine.

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