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OSHA Trade Release
February 17, 2005
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999


OSHA To Withdraw Direct Final Rule
for National Consensus Standards

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to withdraw its direct final rule for updating OSHA standards that are based on national consensus standards and industry standards. The announcement will appear in the Feb. 18 Federal Register.

On Nov. 24, 2004 OSHA announced the agency is engaging in an overall effort to update OSHA standards that reference or include language taken directly from outdated consensus standards. This included a proposed direct final rule to revoke references to outdated industry and consensus standards.

As part of the direct final rule approach, OSHA also published a proposed rule in the same Federal Register notice. The Agency stated that if significant adverse comments were received, they would withdraw the direct final rule.

OSHA has determined that a comment received will be treated as a significant adverse comment. The agency will address comments on the direct final and proposed rules in a new final rule, which the agency expects to issue shortly. OSHA will not institute a second comment period.

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 workers 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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