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OSHA Seeks Changes to On-Site Consultation Program

OSHA has proposed changes to its on-site consultation program. The comment period on the changes ends today. But there’s still time to express your views if you hurry.

OSHA says proposed revisions to the on-site consultation service would provide the agency with greater flexibility regarding the inspection of workplaces undergoing an on-site consultation visit and achieving Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) status.

One of the proposed changes would clarify the authority of the OSHA administrator to identify sites for inspection, even if the sites are normally exempt because they have SHARP status.

For example, if a workplace accident occurs that generates widespread public concern (such as exposure to the popcorn flavoring diacetyl), OSHA could require an inspection of all sites within an industry.

Another change would add "referrals" as a basis to terminate an employer’s on-site consultation visit and conduct an enforcement visit. Referrals are allegations of potential hazards or violations from state government offices, the media, or other sources.

You’ll find the complete text of the proposed revisions at OSHA.gov.

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How to Submit Comments

You may submit comments by the end of the business day today, identified by docket number OSHA-2010-0010, or regulatory information number (RIN) 1218-AC32, by either of the following methods:

Electronically: You may submit comments, and attachments electronically at http://www.regulations.gov.

Fax: If your submission, including attachments, does not exceed 10

pages, you may fax it to the OSHA Docket Office at (202) 693-1648.

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