The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (USA) is proposing 18 changes to the agency's recordkeeping, general industry, maritime and construction standards amid an ongoing effort to revise provisions in its standards that may be considered confusing, outdated or unnecessary.
The proposed revisions include reporting job-related hearing loss, personal protective equipment and excavation hazards and it is estimated that they would save employers a substantial $3.2 million per year. These changes are based on responses to a public request for information issued in 2012 as well as recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, OSHA staff, and the Office of Management and Budget.
Director at Astuis, Brenig Moore said:
“Revisions to regulations to ensure relevancy and currency are an important part of health and safety. We move in a fast-paced society and new technologies mean that the way we do things in our working environments is always subject to change and improvement – why then would we consider it ok to work to standards set years ago? With an estimated $3.2 million saving each year at stake, the updates are as important to businesses and workers alike.”
This is the fourth rule proposed under OSHA's Standards Improvement Project, which began in 1995 in response to a Presidential memorandum to improve government regulations.
Assistant Secretary of Labour for Occupational Safety and Health, Dr. David Michaels said:
"The changes we propose will modernize OSHA standards, help employers better understand their responsibilities, increase compliance and reduce compliance costs. Most importantly, these revisions will improve the safety and health protections afforded to workers across all industries."
Individuals may submit comments electronically by Dec. 5, 2016 at www.regulations.gov.
The full list of proposed changes can be reviewed here.
For more information, visit www.osha.gov.