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Old 06-26-2011, 02:41 AM
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safety vests as part of uniform

boss decided, to have a safety vests (lime reflective traffic vests, like highway construction workers) - is a great idea - it cheaper to get one vest instead of few t-shirts with company logo

turned out, to wear vests on the heat (two layers of cloth - sweaty t-short between skin and vest) hell uncomfortable compare to simple uniform t-short, which dries-out momentarily; so instead o enjoying your work you crating problem, where it shouldn't be just because it "looks professional".

as a foremen, i don't want to demand from workers, which have uniform t-shirts, to wear safety vests while cutting grass, etc on the site - and to apply rules, similar to other safety equipment;
does demand to have it constantly on (because it look "professional") - just wrong - you can't demand to wear safety glasses or ear muffs all the time (in the truck), isn't it?

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Old 06-26-2011, 06:07 AM
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What does OSHA say about the issue. I'll look it up in a sec.
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Old 06-26-2011, 06:29 AM
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If someone worked for me and refused to wear safety glasses, hearing protection or safety vests as requested, I would have one less worker at the end of the day.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:20 AM
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When was the last time an employee was struck by a moving vehicle seriously injuring them or killed while being employed by the company you work for? Does the state or OSHA require them to be worn during working hours or is it cuz your boss is just being a hard ass and maybe he should be testing these vest out during hazard heat peaks of the the day before such company demands are requested of the employees. This is why I work for myself
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:37 AM
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you can't demand to wear safety glasses or ear muffs all the time
Sure you can.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:57 AM
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maybe have the guys wear them when they are trimming along the road or walking by the road. i cant see why you would need it in the middle of the lawn
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:52 AM
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Company regulations. If the owner/boss wants the vests then the workers have no say. Also any saftey requirement such as goggles and ear protection should also be followed by the employees. However, maybe instead of saftey vests how about flourescent t-shirts? I'm not sure of those are OSHA certified, but if they are they could be a good middle ground between you and your employees.
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Old 06-26-2011, 10:42 AM
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as an employee, if the boss wants you to wear a saftey vest you are required to while on site. If your in the truck, Im sure you can take it off, but when out of it yes you should wear it. I wore those vests all last summer, with a heavy polo as my shirt, they are not really that bad. And I wasnt doing mowing work I was doing installation work so its not like I was sitting on a ztr. You dont wear them becasue they are professional, you were them for saftey. All the companies around here that work commercial maintenance wear them. One company also wears hard hats as well for maintenance. They are the only company in the area that is landscape saftey certified. They used to wear the cintas uniforms that had the saftey stripes on them, but those are no longer deemed osha approved so they switched to the vests instead.

When I hire a employee i provide them with gloves, ear plugs, saftey glasses and a form that says you have recieved x pairs of each. There will be a supply box in the trailer for ear plugs. They are your responsibility. Then basically signining that they got them and it is their choice to wear them or not, unless required. Should you choose not to wear them, you agree not to hold us responsible for any work related injury that could have been prevented by the use of the proper saftey equipment.
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:41 AM
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The only circumstance where I can find that a safety vest is required is when working near vehicular traffic.

http://www.elcosh.org/en/document/65...y-apparel.html
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:47 AM
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you can't demand to wear safety glasses or ear muffs all the time


Sure you can.
demad to wear glasses or hearing protection in the track? -

1. it defeats logical purpose - just another harassment
2. this is ridiculous
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