Regulatory Developments

OSHA Proposes Rule to Streamline, Improve Standards

As part of an ongoing effort to revise provisions in its standards that may be confusing, outdated or unnecessary, OSHA is proposing 18 changes to the agency’s recordkeeping, general industry, maritime and construction standards.

“The changes we propose will modernize OSHA standards, help employers better understand their responsibilities, increase compliance and reduce compliance costs,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels, PhD. “Most importantly, these revisions will improve the safety and health protections afforded to workers across all industries.”

The proposed revisions would save employers an estimated $3.2 million per year. They are based on responses to a public Request for Information issued in 2012 as well as recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, OSHA staff, and the Office of Management and Budget.
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