OSHA seeks comment on third phase of standards improvement process

By Plant Engineering Staff January 5, 2007

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking comments until Feb. 20 on phase three of its Standards Improvement Project , the third in a series of rulemaking actions intended to improve and streamline OSHA standards and lessen regulatory burdens without reducing employee protections.

Through the project, OSHA is seeking to improve its standards by revising confusing, outdated, duplicated or inconsistent requirements. The revisions will help employers better understand their obligations, which will lead to increased compliance, ensure greater safety and health for employees, and reduce compliance costs and paperwork burdens.

Changes being considered include revisions to eleven standards that OSHA has preliminarily identified to be addressed during the project. OSHA is also considering methods to make training requirements in both health and safety standards consistent.

Comments must be submitted to: OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. S-778B, Room N2625, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20210. Comments may also be submitted via fax at (202) 693-1648 or electronically to https://ecomments.osha.gov .