The announced regulations on personal protective equipment (PPE) don't just apply to remodeling. The following is a list of PPE that is exempt from the employer payment requirement. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list, but is the complete list of examples given by OSHA in their final rule on the subject:

  • Non-specialty safety-toe protective footwear (e.g., steel-toe shoes/boots)
  • Non-specialty prescription safety eyewear
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen
  • Sturdy work shoes
  • Lineman's boots
  • Ordinary cold weather gear (coats, parkas, cold weather gloves, winter boots)
  • Logging boots required under Sec. 1910.266(d)(1)(v)
  • Ordinary rain gear
  • Back belts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Long pants
  • Dust mask/respirators used under the voluntary use provisions in Sec. 1910.134.

The following is a list of PPE for which an employer is required to pay. As above, this is not an exhaustive list, but is copied verbatim from OSHA's documents:

  • Metatarsal foot protection
  • Special boots for longshoremen working logs
  • Rubber boots with steel toes
  • Shoe covers — toe caps and metatarsal guards
  • Non-prescription eye protection
  • Prescription eyewear inserts/lenses for full face respirators
  • Prescription eyewear inserts/lenses for welding and diving helmets
  • Goggles
  • Face shields
  • Laser safety goggles
  • Fire fighting PPE (helmet, gloves, boots, proximity suits, full gear)
  • Hard hat
  • Hearing protection
  • Welding PPE
  • Items used in medical/laboratory settings to protect from exposure to infectious agents (aprons, lab coats, goggles, disposable gloves, shoe covers, etc.)
  • Non-specialty gloves (if they are used as PPE; i.e., for protection from dermatitis, and severe cuts and abrasions)
  • Rubber sleeves
  • Aluminized gloves
  • Chemical resistant gloves/aprons/clothing
  • Barrier creams (unless used solely for weather-related protection)
  • Rubber insulating gloves
  • Mesh cut proof gloves, mesh or leather aprons
  • SCBA, atmosphere-supplying respirators (escape only)
  • Respiratory protection
  • Fall protection
  • Ladder safety device belts
  • Climbing ensembles used by linemen (e.g., belts and climbing hooks)
  • Window cleaners' safety straps
  • Personal flotation devices (life jackets)
  • Encapsulating chemical protective suits
  • Reflective work vests
  • Bump caps