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OSHA National News Release
U.S. Department of Labor
News Release USDL: 96-400
Monday, September 23, 1996
Contact: Susan Hall Fleming, (202) 219-8151
Expanded Construction Safety Info Now Available Electronically
Extensive safety and health information for employers and employees in the construction industry is now available from one source, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today.
The Construction Resource Manual, found on OSHA's Internet site under "What's New," includes all OSHA construction standards and applicable general industry standards as well as agency interpretations integrated into the text. Further, it contains a listing of the most frequently violated OSHA standards for the construction industry over the past six years. The manual also provides addresses and telephone numbers for OSHA regional and area offices as well as state plan state offices and consultation projects. OSHA's Internet home page is located at http://www.osha.gov/.
Intended to be a living document, the manual can easily be revised as new standards and interpretations are issued or updated. In addition, OSHA intends to develop summaries for each subpart to describe the regulations simply and briefly.
From the table of contents in The Construction Resource Manual, viewers can choose subsection headings and move immediately to a PDF (portable document format) version of the OSHA standards to read or print material. The format offers the option of printing out just one page or a range of pages so that those who access the information can obtain the specific parts needed without printing the whole section. The files also can be searched by word.
OSHA hopes users will find the manual a useful training aid since they can print out short sections to use in toolbox talks or for other training sessions. The agency welcomes feedback on additional materials that could be added that might be helpful to users. Suggestions should go to H. Berrien Zettler at (202) 219-7207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new volume also will be placed on the next OSHA CD-ROM, which includes all OSHA standards, directives and many additional documents. The next disc should be distributed to subscribers in late October. In addition, the agency expects to publish a printed version of the construction standards combined with applicable general industry standards, also available for purchase in October.
The OSHA CD-ROM currently costs $79 for a four-disc (roughly one year) subscription or $28.50 for a single disc. It supports Windows, Macintosh and DOS-based computers. Titled "OSHA Regulations, Documents, and Technical Information on CD-ROM," the disc is available from the Government Printing Office (stock number 729-013-00000-5). GPO will accept VISA, MasterCard or GPO Deposit Account charges. Written orders must be prepaid. Mail checks, payable to Superintendent of Documents, along with orders to GPO, Washington, D.C. 20402. For telephone orders, call (202) 512-1800 or fax (202) 512-2250.
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