WASHINGTON-Tire industry representatives, including the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association, show little concern over a proposed rule on indoor air quality and a final rule on personal protective equipment issued this spring by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The proposed rule on indoor air quality, published April 5 in the Federal Register, would require employers at about 4.5 million worksites to develop an indoor air quality compliance plan.
At the least, OSHA said, the compliance plan should ensure worker protection from various indoor air contaminants, poor ventilation and other factors causing air pollution in the workplace.
The centerpiece and most highly publicized part of the document is a requirement for employers to either ban smoking in the workplace or establish a smoking area with ventilation separate from the rest of the building.
OSHA is asking for comments on the proposal by June 29, and plans a public hearing July 12. Parties who wish to testify should notify the agency by June 20 and submit their testimony and evidence by July 5.
The final rule on personal protective equipment was published April 6 and goes into effect July 5. It updates requirements for 11.7 million workers in 1.1 million workplaces who must wear safety equipment such as safety glasses, hard hats, face shields, gloves and safety shoes.
Previous protective equipment regulations were based on consensus standards from the American National Standards Institute, the agency said-standards that are now more than 25 years old.
Under the new rule, employers must perform hazard assessments to determine if personal protective equipment is necessary. If it is, they must provide the appropriate equipment, as well as training in its proper use.
A spokesman for the NTDRA declined comment on the indoor air quality rule, but said it would send information to members on complying with the requirements of the rule on personal protective equipment.
A spokesman for the Rubber Manufacturers Association said the group had no comment on either regulation.