OSHA declared that, as an element to its continuing effort to update parts of its standards that could be confusing, out-of-date, or perhaps unnecessary, it will be suggesting 18 adjustments to the record-keeping, general industry, maritime, as well as construction standards.
“The changes we propose will modernize OSHA standards, help employers better understand their responsibilities, increase compliance, and reduce compliance costs,” Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary said. “Most importantly, these revisions will improve the safety and health protections afforded to workers across all industries.”
The agency’s statement mentioned these suggested alterations would save employers approximately $3.2 million each year and are depending on responses to a public Request for Information released in 2012 as well as recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, OSHA’s staff, along with the Office of Management and Budget.
This is the 4th rule suggested under OSHA’s Standards Improvement Project, which started in 1995 as a reaction to a presidential memorandum to develop government regulations. The earlier adjustments were released in 1998, 2005, and 2011.
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