News Release USDL: 96-241
Thursday, June 20, 1996
Contact: Frank Kane (202) 219-8151
OSHA Removes 645 Pages Of Regulations To Benefit
Employers And Employees As Part Of Reinvention
As part of its reinventing government efforts,
the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) today issued a final rule removing 645 pages
of duplicative regulations for the construction and
In March 1995, President Clinton directed federal
agencies to undertake a line-by-line review of their
rules and regulations to determine if they were still
needed or if they should be revised or revoked. OSHA
identified five rulemaking projects that together
would eliminate at least 1,049 pages from the
approximately 3,000 pages in the OSHA sections
of the CFR.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety
and Health Joseph A. Dear said, "The page reduction
is part of a larger reinvention effort to rid our
rules of outdated and unncessary requirements,
confusing provisions and
Most of the changes being made in the final rule
issued today involve eliminating duplicate health
standards from the shipyard and construction parts
of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and replacing
them with cross references to the identical text in
the general industry part.
In the rule, OSHA also is moving two standards
currently in subpart C and subpart G of the general
industry standards (part 1910) to subpart Z of those
standards in order to place virtually all OSHA health
standards in one subpart and one volume of the CFR.
The two standards are access to employee exposure
and medical records and ionizing radiation.
OSHA's commercial diving standard, currently in both
the general industry and construction standards, will
be placed in the general industry part only. Industry
representatives had asked for a single location.
OSHA also is removing some fire protection standards
from the safety and health regulations that had been
inadvertently identified as applicable to construction
The new final rule does not make any substantive
changes to the requirements of the OSHA standards.
It will become effective June 30, 1996 and is
published in the June 20, 1996 Federal Register.
As part of its customer service efforts and to
assist employers and employees in the construction
industry who prefer a single source, OSHA will publish
a comprehensive user-friendly document specifically
for the construction industry. It will include all
construction standards and other materials such as
compliance guidelines, recordkeeping and reporting
requirements, inspection, citation and penalty
information, the top most frequently cited standards,
and a directory for OSHA field offices, state plans,
and consultation offices.