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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today it is extending the start-up dates of most provisions of the new asbestos standards until Oct. 1 to give the public more time to implement compliance.
Various affected parties had requested additional time for compliance. OSHA also will soon publish a notice of corrections and clarifications to the standards and various compliance and training materials to help understand the asbestos standards.
Exposure to asbestos can cause lung cancer, asbestosis and other diseases. Nearly 4 million workers are protected by the new standards, which are expected to prevent about 42 cancer deaths per year.
The asbestos standards improve protection for workers in general industry, construction and shipyard employment who are exposed to asbestos on the job.
The asbestos standards were issued Aug. 10, 1994. A new lower exposure limit of O.1 fibers per cubic centimeter (O.1 f/cc) was effective on Oct. 11, 1994, but provisions covering medical surveillance, respiratory protection, employee training and engineering control requirements had start-up dates from Jan. 9, 1995, to April 10, 1995. Dates for those provisions were later extended to July 10, 1995, and are now being further extended to Oct. 1, 1995.
Until that date requirements under the preexisting standards will remain in effect for these provisions.
The specific provisions whose dates are being extended to Oct. 1, 1995, include the following:
For the general industry standard--initial monitoring, regulated area, methods of compliance, respiratory protection, hygiene facilities, communication of hazards and medical surveillance.
For the shipyard standard--methods of compliance, respiratory protection, hygiene facilities, communication of hazards, housekeeping, medical surveillance and qualified person.
For the construction standard--methods of compliance, respiratory protection, hygiene facilities, communication of hazards, housekeeping, medical surveillance and competent person.
Notice of the changes in start-up dates appeared in the Wednesday, June 28, 1995, Federal Register.
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