New wording emphasizes 'per employee' duty

OSHA has proposed wording changes to the following sections of standards that related to the health care industry:

  • Sec. 1910.9 Compliance duties owed to each employee.
  • a) Personal protective equipment. Standards in this part requiring the employer to provide personal protective equipment (PPE), including respirators, because of hazards to employees impose a separate compliance duty to each employee covered by the requirement. The employer must provide PPE to each employee required to use the PPE, and each failure to provide PPE to an employee may be considered a separate violation.
  • b) Training. Standards in this part requiring training on hazards and related matters, such as standards requiring that employees receive training or that the employer train employees, provide training to employees, or institute or implement a training program, impose a separate compliance duty to each employee covered by the requirement. The employer must train each affected employee in the manner required by the standard, and each failure to train an employee may be considered a separate violation.
  • Sec. 1910.95 Occupational noise exposure.
  • (k)(1) The employer shall train each employee who is exposed to noise at or above an eight-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels in accordance with the requirements of this section. The employer shall institute a training program and ensure employee participation in the program.
  • Sec. 1910.134 Respiratory protection.
  • (a)(2) A respirator shall be provided to each employee when such equipment is necessary to protect the health of such employee. The employer shall provide the respirators which are applicable and suitable for the purpose intended. The employer shall be responsible for the establishment and maintenance of a respiratory protection program, which shall include the requirements outlined in paragraph (c) of this section, for each employee required by this section to use a respirator.
  • Sec. 1910.1030 Bloodborne pathogens.
  • (g)(2)(i) The employer shall train each employee with occupational exposure in accordance with the requirements of this section. Such training must be provided at no cost to the employee and during working hours. The employer shall institute a training program and ensure employee participation in the program.
  • Sec. 1910.1047 Ethylene oxide.
  • (g)(1) General. For employees who use respirators required by this section, the employer must provide each employee an appropriate respirator that complies with the requirements of this paragraph.
  • (2) Respirator program. The employer must implement a respiratory protection program in accordance with Sec. 1910.134 (b) through (d) [except (d)(i)(iii)], and (f) through (m) for each employee required by this section to use a respirator.
  • Sec. 1910.1048 Formaldehyde.
  • (g)(1) General. For employees who use respirators required by this section, the employer must provide each employee an appropriate respirator that complies with the requirements of this paragraph.
  • (2)(i) The employer must implement a respiratory protection program in accordance with Sec. 1910.134 (b) through (d) [except (d)(1)(iii), (d)(3)(iii)(b)(1), and (2)], and (f) through (m) for each employee required by this section to use a respirator.