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February 3, 1993
MEMORANDUM FOR: DAVID C. ZEIGLER, DIRECTOR DIRECTORATE OF ADMINISTRATIVE PROGRAMS
ATTENTION: JIM RHODES, SENIOR MANAGEMENT ANALYST
FROM: ROGER A. CLARK, DIRECTOR DIRECTORATE OF COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS
SUBJECT: Annual Metric Conversion Report
In response to your memorandum of January 4, the following is a progress report of the significant milestones, accomplishments, and problems associated with Task 5 of the Annual Metric Conversion Report.
(1) The use of metric units as the preferred units of measurement in written reports is proceeding well, however, the use of metric units during oral presentations is often successful only when accompanying written or slide materials are used that serve as reminders of the preferred terms. In addition, spontaneous replies to questions often involve the use of the more familiar english measurement units.
Successful use of metric in all presentations still remains a matter of changing habits.
(2) Complete conversion to metric is contingent on acceptance by the specific industry involved. For example, the use of english units is still very common in the construction industry. Most components such as doors, wires, pipes, and lumber are manufactured using english units. There is some industry movement towards the use of metric units and our efforts will keep pace in order to assure good communication. With respect to compliance matters, the use of metric will be paced by related changes in the publication of new or revised safety and health standards, and by directives incorporating or referencing national consensus standards.
December 11, 1992
MEMORANDUM FOR: PROGRAM DIRECTORS REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS
FROM: David C. Zeigler, Director Administrative Programs
SUBJECT: Annual Metrication Report
1. Requirement. This is to remind you that in accordance with OSHA Instruction REP.1, paragraph I., you are required to report to me on metrication for each fiscal year as follows:
- Significant metric information milestones or accomplishments
- Significant problems encountered in metric conversions
- Any recommendations regarding OSHA metric program policy or activities, including actions planned for the current fiscal year to further implement the metric system.
- Other relevant information
2. Reference. Please refer to your OSHA Metric Transition plan in preparing the above report.
3. Due. Please submit the above report to me, attention Jim Rhodes, by December 15, 1992. You may call Jim on 219-6370 if you have any questions.