News Release USDL 98-134
Monday, April 6, 1998
Contact: Bill Wright (202) 219-8151
OSHA PROPOSES REWRITE OF REQUIREMENTS
INTO PLAIN LANGUAGE
Standards for Dipping and Coating Operations
offered in two versions
Worker protection rules for dipping and coating operations are
being rewritten into plain language to help employers and employees
better understand the requirements, the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration announced today.
The proposed revision, the second plain language initiative
undertaken by the agency, is expected to preserve safety and
health protections for employees and, at the same time, not
increase regulatory obligations placed on employers. (The first
plain language initiative dealt with workplace emergency
routes, proposed in September 1996).
"We serve all Americans better when we communicate simply
and clearly about worker safety and health," said Charles N.
Jeffress, OSHA's assistant secretary. "The proposed revision
will result in performance-oriented requirements that are less
rigid and much easier to understand. Simple language leads to
better understanding and, therefore, improved safety and health."
The standards for dipping and coating operations are designed
to protect employees from fire, explosion and other hazards
associated with such operations. The revision being proposed
will achieve three purposes: (1) rewrite the rules in plain language;
(2) consolidate them into one subpart of the Code of Federal
Regulations (from the current two sections); and (3) update them
to increase compliance options available to employers without
increasing the risk of injury to employees.
The text will be dramatically shortened, thereby eliminating
duplicative requirements and simplifying the overly-technical
language and requirements of existing dip tank requirements.
The proposal also results in limited updating of the existing
rules which will make them more consistent with the latest
National Fire Protection Association standard.
OSHA is presenting the proposal in two plain language
formats. The first is organized in the traditional OSHA
regulatory format, while the second version incorporates
a question and answer design. Both versions include a
detailed table of contents intended to make the standard
easier to use than what is currently on the books. OSHA
solicits comments on which format to use.
The proposal, in either format, will not change the substantive
requirements for dipping and coating operations, nor will it
impose additional burdens on employers. Both versions will
ensure continued safety and health protection for employees.
OSHA believes that the performance-oriented language of the
proposed standard will facilitate employer compliance
because it provides employers with more compliance options.
Notice of the proposed rule is scheduled to be published in the
Apr. 7, 1998 Federal Register. Comments and requests for
hearings must be postmarked not later than June 6, 1998, and
submitted in quadruplicate to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket
No. S-022, Room N-2625, Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution
Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210 (telephone (202) 219-7894).
Comments of 10 pages or less may be faxed to the Docket Office,
if followed by an original and three copies mailed within two
days, at (202) 219-5046.
EXAMPLES OF PLAIN LANGUAGE STANDARD
|Current 29 CFR 1910.108
||Proposed Redraft In Plain Language
(Traditional Format Version)
|1910.108(d) Liquids used in dip tanks,
storage and handling. The storage of
flammable and combustible liquids in
connection with dipping operations shall
conform to the requirements of sec. 1910.106,
where applicable. Where portable containers
are used for the replenishment of flammable
and combustible liquids, provision shall be
made so that both the container and tank
shall be positively grounded and electrically
bonded to prevent static electric sparks
||1910.124(d) Ignition sources must be controlled.
(3) When a portable container is used to
add a liquid to a dip tank, the container and
tank must be electrically bonded to each other, and positively grounded, to
prevent static electrical sparks or arcs.
|1910.108(f)(2) Waste cans. When waste or rags are
used in connection with dipping operations, approved
metal waste cans shall be provided and all impregnated
rags or waste deposited therein immediately after use.
The contents of the waste cans shall be properly
disposed of at least once daily at the end of each shift.
||1910.124(d)(6) Rags or other material contaminated
with liquids from dipping and coating operations must
be placed in an approved waste can immediately after
use, and the contents of the waste can must be properly
disposed of at the end of each shift.