OSHA CFR 29 1910.132 only provided general requirements. It states, "Protective equipment, including personal protective equipment for eyes, face, head, and extremities, protective clothing, respiratory devices, and protective shields and barriers, shall be provided, used, and maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition wherever it is necessary by reason of hazards of processes or environment, chemical hazards, radiological hazards, or mechanical irritants encountered in a manner capable of causing injury or impairment in the function of any part of the body through absorption, inhalation or physical contact."
It further puts the assessment of need and equipment selection on the employer, "The employer shall assess the workplace to determine if hazards are present, or are likely to be present, which necessitate the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). If such hazards are present, or likely to be present, the employer shall (1) Select, and have each affected employee use, the types of PPE that will protect the affected employee from the hazards identified in the hazard assessment. and (2) Communicate selection decisions to each affected employee."
If this is what your employer has stated is required, then yes. If not, then no. It is entirely dependent upon what the employer states the requirements.
Date published: 2016-11-01