Question #1: Are employers allowed to charge employees a deposit for protective equipment when the PPE is issued to the employee? If so, is the employer required to have authorization from the employee to make a payroll deduction for such a deposit?
Answer: In the final rule, OSHA said, “If the employer retains ownership of the PPE, then the employer may require the employee to return the PPE upon termination of employment. If the employee does not return the employer’s equipment, nothing in the final rule prevents the employer from requiring the employee to pay for it or take reasonable steps to retrieve the PPE, in a manner that does not conflict with federal, state or local laws concerning such actions.
From the Brown County Library’s archives of Green Bay newspapers, one hundred and eleven years ago the death of John Hoberg made front-page news. Sourcing and verbatim reporting appear in italics:
Green Bay Advocate, Monday, July 11, 1904
JOHN HOBERG HURT
Caught in Belt and Thrown a Distance of Twenty Feet
John Hoberg, president of the John Hoberg Company, was injured late Saturday afternoon at the mill on the north side. One of his arms was badly injured and he was otherwise bruised. The accident, however, will lay Mr. Hoberg up for a short time, but no serious results are expected.
Everyone who gets up in the morning to go to work fully expects that they will return home at the end of the day. Doesn’t always happen! And whose fault is that?
Most of us drove to work today. How many of us did a simple walk around pre-operational check of the vehicle before we started driving? Continue reading
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance involves maintaining several mandatory written programs and records. The following is a management checklist of 5 of the most common written programs and records that an OSHA inspector might ask to see.
Starting in the 1970s and continuing into the 90s, the concept of industrial parks spurred the imagination of city planners and businesses alike. Soon industrial parks started popping up faster than onion sprouts in the valuable agriculture land the parks displaced. In theory the parks where developed to move industry to the outskirts of the city, allowing more urban green space. Often these parks are located close to interstate highways, rail transportation, and airports to promote more efficient and faster shipment or goods and supplies. Parks also allowed for the concentration of infrastructure in a dedicated area, helping to reduce the cost of high-powered electric supply, high-end communications cables, and large volume water and gas supply lines. Most parks are occupied by light to medium manufacturing facilities, the same types of businesses struggling with regulatory compliance.
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