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State Standards

There are twenty-eight OSHA-approved State Plans, operating state-wide occupational safety and health programs. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as OSHA's and may have different or more stringent requirements.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) hazards are addressed in specific standards for the construction industry.

OSHA Standards

This section highlights OSHA standards, Federal Register notices (rules and proposed rules), directives (instruction to OSHA staff), and letters of interpretation (official letters of interpretation of the standards) related to PPE in the construction industry.

Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)

Federal Register Notices

  • Employer Payment for Personal Protective Equipment; Final Rule. Final Rules 72:64341-64430, (November 15, 2007). Stipulates that the employer must pay for required PPE, except in the limited cases specified in the standard. Safety-toe protective footwear and prescription safety glasses were excepted from the employer payment requirement, in large part because these items were considered to be very personal in nature and were often worn off the jobsite.
  • Search all available federal register notices.


Letters of Interpretation

Hazards and Solutions
Additional Information

Related Safety and Health Topics Pages


  • Personal Protective Equipment Training Guide. Labor Occupational Health Program, UC Berkeley via Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety & Health (elcosh), (June 1994). Provides a training guide for PPE use in the construction industry.

Other Resources

  • Drilled Shaft Installation Safety Tips for the Employer and Employee. OSHA and the ADSC: International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC) Alliance. Describes general safety tips to help prevent injuries and illnesses in the drilled shaft foundation industry.
  • Working Safely During Installation of Drilled Shaft Foundations. OSHA and the ADSC: International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC) Alliance. Identifies hazards associated with the installation of drilled shaft foundations and safe work practices to help reduce or eliminate the risk of injuries or illnesses.

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