News Release USDL: 96-85
Thursday, March 7, 1996
Contact: Frank Kane (202) 219-8151
OSHA Removes About 275 Pages Of Regulations In
Response To President, Congress And Public
The Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) today issued a
final rule that removes about 275 pages
of regulations out of approximately 3,000
by making quick-fix administrative and
Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health Joseph
A. Dear said, "This is our 'down-payment'
on the President's promise to reduce OSHA
regulations by more than 1,000 pages.
It also responds to suggestions from the
public and Congress on how OSHA can best
ease the burdens on the employers and
employees it regulates."
Following the President's March 4,
1995, directive, OSHA conducted a
comprehensive review of all its regulations
and developed a list of sections or
provisions that could be revoked without
reducing worker safety and health.
The final rule addresses about 70
items on a list it developed
as a result of the review.
Among the actions being taken in the final rule are:
Combining the health standards for
13 carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemicals
into a single section. Although the
regulatory requirements were similar
for each chemical, OSHA issued them as
separate standards in 1974. OSHA has
decided that it would be easier for the
regulated community to understand and
comply with the standards if they are
combined into one rule.
Eliminating more than 100 pages
in the health standard for cadmium
as it applies to agriculture. These
pages duplicate the text in the
general industry standard. The
text is replaced with a cross
reference to the pertinent general
industry section on cadmium.
Removing a number of
unnecessary sections in general
industry standards that list the
addresses of national standards
organizations whose standards have
been incorporated by reference.
The addresses of those organizations
are being consolidated into a single
section that addresses incorporation
by reference (IBR). The consolidated
IBR section also specifies the
paragraphs within a section where
the IBR reference appears.
Removing listings for specific
national standards that were used as
sources for standards adopted by OSHA.
OSHA has decided that there is no need
to continue to publish these sources.
Eliminating regulatory text that
details test procedures and
performance specifications for
rollover protective structures
and overhead protection in
agricultural-type tractors used
in construction work and agricultural
operations. OSHA recognizes that
these tests and specifications are
directed at the equipment manufacturers
and do not address equipment that
employers or employees will be able
to build. OSHA directs readers to
the appropriate American Society of
Agricultural Engineers (ASAE) or
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
standards from which its standards
Revoking certain paragraphs dealing
with state occupational safety and
health prorams that are obsolete
The final rule is published in
the Thursday, March 7, 1996,
Because this initial document
contains minor and noncontroversial
amendments, OSHA believes that notice
and comment procedures are unnecessary.
The final rule will become
effective May 6, 1996.
In addition to this final rule,
a regulatory proposal is being
developed to address other "problem
provisions" that would warrant public
comment and require notice and comment
rulemaking. Some of these
rulemaking actions will include
removal of OSHA standards involving
working conditions that are covered
by other federal regulatory agencies.
Also, the final respirator standard
scheduled for publication this year
will eliminate additional pages of
regulations by consolidating fit
testing criteria for
respirators. The agency also will
reconsider changes made in 1993 that
incorporated applicable general
industry regulations into the
construction and shipyard regulations.
Moreover, OSHA has been asking
stakeholders to help OSHA consider
various ways to provide improved
access to OSHA standards without any
adverse impact on the stakeholders.