Federal and State OSHA Standards

Several states have their own OSHA standards; however, NFPA standards are generally more rigorous than OSHA standards. Since the FED-OSHA standard has not been revised for over 20 years, clothing that is labeled to NFPA standards will easily exceed FED-OSHA standards. However, clothing meeting OSHA will not necessarily meet NFPA, and so it is important for the end users to be aware of existing state OSHA requirements and how they compare to NFPA requirements.

OSHA Rule 29 CFR 1910.1030

Final Rule on Protecting Health Care Workers from Occupational Exposure to Blood-borne Pathogens

“When there is occupational exposure, the employer shall provide, at no cost to the employee, appropriate personal protective equipment.”

“Personal protective equipment will be considered 'appropriate' only if it does not permit blood or other potentially infectious materials to pass through to or reach the employee's work clothes, street clothes, undergarments, skin, eyes, or other mucous membranes under normal conditions of use and for the duration of time in which the protective equipment will be used.”

Learn more at OSHA.gov

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