OSHA withdraws noise standard interpretation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it is withdrawing its proposed "Interpretation of OSHA's Provisions for Feasible Administrative or Engineering Controls of Occupational Noise." The proposed interpretation, which was published in the Federal Register Oct. 19, 2010, would have clarified the term "feasible administrative or engineering controls" as used in OSHA's noise standard.

In 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported more than 22,000 hearing-loss cases resulting from high workplace noise levels. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, says OSHA remains committed to finding ways to reduce the toll.

As part of the effort, OSHA will: