Purchase of Cold Weather Clothing, Rock Island District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers., B-289683, October 7, 2002
B-289683: Oct 7, 2002
Cold weather clothing is an employee's personal responsibility. Are not available for that purpose. Two of these three statutes are not available to the Army Corps of Engineers for the purchase of cold weather clothing. Unless the Corps determines that providing suitable cold weather clothing is necessary to satisfy the OSHA standards promulgated by the Secretary of Labor. OSHA is also not available. General statements in the Corps' safety manual about clothing employees should wear to protect themselves from cold weather do not constitute a determination by the agency that it is necessary to provide the clothing in order to satisfy OSHA standards. Relying upon the decisions of our Office and contending that such an expenditure was improper.