Making Your Voice Heard
Advancing Policies That Protect 125 Million Workers
Regulations, standards, and legislation greatly influence the safety market. With ISEA, the safety equipment and PPE industry speaks with one voice to regulatory agencies like OSHA and NIOSH, policymakers, and standards development organizations.
ISEA works actively on behalf of the PPE and safety equipment industry by:
- Acting as an early warning system about major policy and regulatory issues and initiatives
- Informing & influencing government action by representing member interests on potential policies & regulations
- Amplifying your voice by collaborating with partner organizations on critical issues
Asst. Secretary of Labor for Occupational Health & Safety (OSHA) Doug Parker and NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard talking with ISEA Board Treasurer Wells Bullard.
Policy & OHS Issues
ISEA believes that a national heat stress standard is a crucial step towards protecting some of our most vulnerable workers performing tasks mission-critical to our economy. Learn more >>
Safety at Heights
Every employer that sends workers to perform tasks at heights should have a comprehensive safety at heights program, including fall protection, dropped objects prevention, and heat or cold stress. Learn more >>
PPE Equity & Fit
It’s critical for all workers, including the over 8 million women who require PPE on the job, to have PPE that offers the appropriate protection and also fits correctly. Learn more >>
ESG & Sustainability
ISEA advocates for direct and sustained support of domestic PPE production and procurement, including establishing warm manufacturing contracts and replenishing stockpiles. Learn more >>
Respirator Certification Funding
Right to Repair
To ensure the safety of the nation’s workers as well as product performance, certification, or compliance, ISEA believes that Right to Repair legislation must exempt all PPE and safety equipment. Learn more >>
Option 2 - Policy & OHS Issues
Delivering for Our Members
Here are a few ways ISEA has delivered results for our members and advanced worker safety.
PREP Act Liability Protection
ISEA earned the first product liability legislation in 15 years, with respirators being covered in the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act. This better enables our nation's respiratory manufacturing base to meet the challenge of pandemics or public health emergencies.
Fall Protection Enforcement
After working closely with OSHA, members of Congress and administration officials on an updated fall protection rule, ISEA called on OSHA to create a national emphasis program (NEP) focusing on falls to a lower level. Thanks to input from ISEA and other partners, OSHA issued its NEP.
Working Hand-in-Hand with OSHA
OSHA’s Alliance Program provides organizations the opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA initiatives, outreach, communication, training, and education.
Through the Alliance, OSHA and ISEA collaborate to:
- Develop content and training resources on the proper selection, use and maintenance of PPE
- Share information on national consensus standards for personal protective and other safety equipment
ISEA and OSHA renewed their Alliance in 2021 for a period of five years.
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