The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) supports legislation introduced by Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) aimed at helping employers working to combat the spread of COVID-19 with tax incentives for safety training. 

“The COVID-19 global pandemic has devastated our economy and hurt Americans through no fault of their own,” Rep. Olson said in a press release. “I’m proud to help businesses protect their employees and customers. The Businesses Preparing for a Better Tomorrow Act will not only provide tax incentives to companies who train their employees in healthy workplace practices but also create jobs.  I appreciate the strong support from organizations across the business spectrum for these incentives to help businesses protect their employees during this pandemic.”

The Businesses Preparing for a Better Tomorrow Act (H.R. 8260) would provide a payroll tax credit for expenses used for qualified workplace best practices training associated with protecting employees from COVID-19.

The bill defines qualified workplace training expenses as amounts paid or incurred by the employer for:

  • Education and training with respect to industry best practices and recommendations made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

  • The primary purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19.

“We are facing historic safety and health challenges as Americans return to the workplace, and we must ensure they have the proper training for this new reality, said ISEA President Charles D. Johnson. “That’s why ISEA supports Olson’s bill, which will help employers offset some of these new and unexpected training expenses. America’s workforce should have the proper training and equipment to ensure the workplace is as safe from COVID-19 as possible.” 

For more information on ISEA’s support for this bill, please contact ISEA Director of Public Affairs Dan Glucksman at [email protected].