In response to a lawsuit filed in January 2007 by the AFL-CIO and United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plans to issue a final rule on employer payment for employees’ personal protective equipment (PPE) in November.

OSHA first proposed a PPE rule in 1999 that would require employers to pay the costs of flame-resistant clothing, lifelines, face shields and other equipment used by employees on the job. But the draft rule was never completed.

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), who introduced legislation (H.R. 1327) to compel the rule, said she would monitor OSHA to ensure the agency implements the rule. EC