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August 26, 2005
Contact: Elaine Fraser
Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is extending until Nov. 7, 2005, the comment period for its lead in construction standard that requires testing for lead exposures, provisions to protect workers from exposure where lead is present, and medical monitoring of exposed workers. The comment period extension will be announced in the Aug. 29, 2005, Federal Register.
OSHA is conducting its regulatory review of the lead in construction standard under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act and Section 5 of Executive Order 12866. The 60-day extension will allow the public more time to help the agency determine if the standard is needed and if it should be amended. The original deadline for comments was Sept. 6, 2005.
The construction industry employs millions of workers in jobs where lead exposures are most likely to occur, like paint removal, building and bridge renovation, plumbing, and water system repair and replacement. Overexposure to lead can cause serious damage to the body's blood-forming, nervous, urinary and reproductive systems. OSHA's lead in construction standard establishes procedures for minimizing the level of exposure to lead for all workers covered.
People wishing to comment should submit written comments, postmarked no later than Nov. 7, 2005, to: Docket Office, Docket No. H023, Technical Data Center, Room N-2625, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210. Comments may also be faxed to (202) 693-1648, or submitted online at http://www.regulations.gov or http://ecomments.osha.gov. All comments and submissions will be available for inspection and copying at the OSHA Docket Office at the above address, and posted on OSHA's Web site.
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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