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Feb09

Safety glasses

In KY is there a rule or regulation that employers must provide employees with prescription safety glasses? Our policy states that all employees must wear protective eye wear when in areas of production. This can be either the company provided safety glasses or their own prescription glasses. This employee wears prescription bifocal glasses 24/7 and asked if the company provided prescription bifocal safety glasses. All employees are provided with normal safety glasses, ear plugs and gloves for safety.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employer to protect employees from workplace hazards that can cause injury or illness. Controlling a hazard at its source is the best way to protect workers. When engineering, work practice and administrative controls are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, employers must provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure employees use correct Personal protective equipment.

In May of 2008, a new OSHA rule about employer payment for PPE went into effect. With few exceptions, OSHA requires employer to pay for personal protective equipment used to comply with OSHA standards.

If this employee needs prescription bifocal glasses 24/7 and requests the company to provide them, when normal prescription safety glasses will not be appropriate, your company should provide them.

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