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OSHA Asks for Input on Improving Construction Safety Standards

By Roy Maurer  12/13/2012
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If you’ve ever wanted to revise or remove confusing or outdated federal construction safety regulations, now’s the opportunity to provide your input.

On Dec. 6, 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Request for Information as part of the fourth phase of its Standards Improvement Project (SIP-IV), which will focus primarily on OSHA’s construction standards. To assist OSHA in improving and streamlining these standards, the agency is encouraging employers, employees and employee representatives to submit recommendations for construction standards that should be revised, along with supporting evidence, in order for the agency to determine the need for any subsequent SIP-IV rulemaking.

Comments must be submitted by Feb. 4, 2013.

PPE Fit-Testing, Fall Protection Standards Could Be Revised

The Advisory Committee for Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) recommended at a public meeting held in December 2011 that OSHA review its construction standards as part of the SIP rulemaking process. Standards that could undergo revision based on ACCSH recommendations include:

  • Fit-testing personal protective equipment, with emphasis on fit-testing for female workers.
  • Fall-protection requirements applicable to chimney construction.

In 1996, the SIP rulemaking process began in response to a presidential directive to improve government regulation. OSHA published the first SIP rule in 1998, and two more in 2005 and 2011.

Individuals may submit comments electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at Comments may be submitted by facsimile or mail, also.

Roy Maurer is an online editor/manager for SHRM.

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Related Article:

Fall Protection Regulations Take Effect Dec. 15, SHRM Online Safety & Security, December 2012

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