Rules + Regs

OSHA rule revises safety and health standard provisions

On May 14, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule revising 14 provisions in the record keeping, general industry, maritime and construction standards that may have been confusing, outdated or unnecessary.

OSHA proposed the changes in October 2016 under the agency’s Standards Improvement Project, which began in 1995 in response to a presidential memorandum to improve government relations. OSHA issued revisions in 1998, 2005 and 2011. The new rule’s revisions are expected to improve employee safety and health, increase understanding and compliance with the provisions, and save employers an estimated $6.1 million per year.

Some revisions to the construction industry include aligning the breaking strength requirement for lifelines in Subpart E, Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment, with the 5,000-pound requirement for lifelines in Subpart M; eliminating employer information collection requirements as they pertain to workers’ Social Security numbers in several OSHA standards; and adding a digital radiography option in the construction asbestos regulation to the current analog film-based language.