A final rule released that revises 14 provisions in the recordkeeping, general industry, maritime, and construction standards that may be confusing, outdated, or unnecessary, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The revisions are expected to increase understanding and compliance with the provisions, improve employee safety and health, and save employers an estimated $6.1 million per year.
“OSHA is making 14 revisions to existing standards in the recordkeeping, general industry, maritime, and construction standards. The purpose of the Standards Improvement Project (SIP) is to remove or revise outdated, duplicative, unnecessary, and inconsistent requirements in OSHA’s safety and health standards, which will permit better compliance by employers and reduce costs and paperwork burdens where possible, without reducing employee protections. In fact, many of the revisions in this rulemaking reduce costs while improving worker safety and health or privacy,” OSHA said in the final rule.
OSHA proposed the changes in October 2016.
This is the fourth final rule under OSHA’s Standards Improvement Project, which began in 1995 in response to a Presidential memorandum to improve government regulations.
Other revisions were issued in 1998, 2005, and 2011.
OSHA’s role is to help ensure conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.