The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) signed an alliance on June 21, 2018, to provide members, employers, and employees with information on how to properly select, use, maintain, and store personal protective and safety equipment. Read OSHA’s announcement here.
Through the Alliance, OSHA and ISEA will work together to provide ISEA members, and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly on the proper selection, use, maintenance, and storage of personal protective and other personal safety equipment; and to help them understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
The goals of the Alliance include:
Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives:
- To share information on OSHA’s National Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
- To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including whistleblower protections and the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- To participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on issues related to personal protective equipment to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
Outreach and Communication:
- To develop information on the proper selection, use, maintenance and storage of personal protective equipment and personal safety equipment, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA’s and ISEA’s Websites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding developments in national consensus standards for personal protective equipment and personal safety equipment through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA or ISEA conferences, local meetings, or other regional events.
ISEA-OSHA Alliance Priority Resources
- Dropped Object Prevention Solutions
- Emergency Eyewash and Shower
- Eye and Face Protection
- Head Protection
- High-Visibility Products
- Industrial First Aid
- Protective Apparel
- Conformity Assessment
ISEA Product Selection and Use Guides (Best Practices in the Proper Selection, Use and Maintenance of Safety Equipment)
- Free guides for Eye and Face Protection, Emergency Eyewash and Shower, Instruments and Monitoring, and Fall Protection