News Release USDL: 95-248
Thursday, June 29, 1995
Contact: Frank Kane, (202) 219-8151
OSHA Issues Corrections, Clarifications To Asbestos Worker
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
today issued a number of corrections and clarifications to its
final rules for improving protection for millions of workers
exposed to asbestos on the job.
They will assist in compliance with the package of standards
for worker protection against asbestos exposures in general
industry, construction and shipyard employment that were issued
Aug. 10, 1994. Those standards will significantly reduce cancer
deaths caused by asbestos exposure.
Since the final rules were issued, technical and
typographical errors were discovered in both the preamble and
regulatory text. Members of the regulated public also asked OSHA
to clarify or correct some provisions.
All the corrections to the standards are deemed to be minor
amendments that are based on the existing rulemaking record and
are not intended to affect worker protection in a significant
The corrections include correction of typographical errors;
corrections that clarify OSHA's intent but do not change
substantive requirements imposed by the standards; and
corrections intended to better carry out the agency's intent when
the standards were issued.
After the asbestos standards were issued, various parties
filed petitions asking that a number of the provisions of the
standard be reconsidered or clarified. OSHA has settled three
such cases. The resulting clarifications are included in this
The asbestos standards took effect Oct. 11, 1994. A new
lower exposure limit of O.1 fibers per cubic centimeter (O.1
f/cc) was effective on that date, but provisions covering medical
surveillance, respiratory protection, employee training and
engineering control requirements had start-up dates from Jan. 9,
1995, to April 10, 1995. Dates for those provisions are being
extended in a separate notice to Oct. 1, 1995.
The corrections and clarifications to the standards are
published in the June 29, 1995, Federal Register.