Jan. 23, 2008
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WASHINGTON -- The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today in the Federal Register (www.osha.gov) that they have extended the public comment period for 30 days on the Agency's Confined Spaces in Construction Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The Notice was originally published in the November 28, 2007, Federal Register (72 FR 67351).
The proposed rule addresses issues specific to the construction industry. It uses a step-by-step approach to confined space safety by explaining how to assess the hazards, classify the space, and implement effective procedures to protect employees. The rule would also require controlling contractors to coordinate confined space operations among a site's multiple employers.
Public comments must be submitted no later than February 28, 2008, and may be sent by regular mail, express mail, hand delivery, messenger, or by courier service. Comments should be sent to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA -2007-0026, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210. Comments are accepted electronically at www.regulations.gov. Comments may be submitted via FAX to 202-693-1648.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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