Regulatory Developments

OSHA Further Extends Confined Space Enforcement Deadline

OSHA’s Confined Spaces in Construction standard was published in May 2015 and took effect in August. A temporary enforcement policy was in effect for all covered employers through October 2. OSHA has now extended that temporary enforcement policy through January 8, 2016, but only for employers engaged in residential construction work. Nonresidential construction employers please note—your confined space activities are now subject to the standard.

In a memorandum on the extension, the agency explains that, before January 8, it “will not issue citations under the confined spaces in construction standard to an employer engaged in residential construction work if the employer is making good-faith efforts to comply with the standard, as long as the employer is in compliance with either the training requirements of the standard … or the former training requirements….”

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