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OSHA Seeks Input on Improving Construction Standards

As part of its Standards Improvement Project, OSHA hopes to clarify, streamline and improve its construction standards. The agency invites the public to submit revision recommendations through Feb. 14, 2013.

OSHA, upon issuing a Request for Information to initiate the fourth phase of its Standards Improvement Project (SIP) to improve and streamline existing construction standards, welcomes construction standard revision recommendations from employers, employees, employee representatives and other members of the public.

SIP-IV will focus primarily on OSHA’s construction standards, which the agency hopes to improve by removing or revising requirements that are confusing or outdated or that duplicate, or are inconsistent with, other standards.

OSHA began the SIP rulemaking process in 1996 in response to a Presidential memorandum to improve government regulation. The purpose of the regulatory review is to reduce regulatory burden while maintaining or enhancing workers’ safety and health. OSHA published the first SIP rule in 1998. Two additional SIP rulemakings were published in 2005 and 2011.

OSHA will review public comments submitted to this notice to determine the need for, and the content of, any subsequent SIP-IV rulemaking. Individuals may submit comments electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Comments also be submitted by facsimile or mail; see the Federal Register notice for details. Comments must be submitted by Feb. 4, 2013.

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