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USDL: 97-06
Thursday, January 9, 1997
Contact: Susan Hall Fleming, (202) 219-8151
Proposed Standard Modified To Reduce Impact on Small Businesses
Change to Proposed RegulationImpact on Small Businesses
Compliance Schedules:
< 20 employees:
  • initial monitoring: 300 days
  • engineering controls: 3 years
  • all other provisions: 1 year
Foam manufacturers 20-99 employees:
  • initial monitoring: 210 days
  • engineering controls: 2 years
  • all other provisions: 270 days
All other employers:
  • initial monitoring: 120 days
  • engineering controls: 1 year
  • all other provisions: 180 days
More performance oriented and flexible, reduces costs to small businesses in first two years by 30 to 40 %, allows small businesses time to plan major expenditures. Specifically addresses Small Business Administration concerns for foam manufacturers with fewer than 100 employees.
Allows the use of licenced health care professionals in addition to physicians for medical surveillance Provides greater flexibility
Laboratory tests are at the discretion of physician rather than automatically required Reduces costs, more performance oriented
Employees under 45 are required to have a physical every three years rather than annually Reduces costs of medical surveillance 30 percent
Respirators required in regulated areas only when PEL is likely to be exceeded Decreases respirator use and costs for small business
If MC is used less than 30 days per year, monitoring may be conducted with direct reading instruments Significantly reduces costs of monitoring for establishments making limited use of MC; this provision will be especially helpful in construction
Written Compliance Plans are no longer required Reduces paperwork
Hazard communication requirements do not go beyond what is already required by hazard communication standard Reduces paperwork and costs
Employee training only as needed rather than annually; training requirements have been simplified and most training and information requirements only apply to employers with employees exposed to MC above the AL More performance oriented, reduces costs of training 80 percent
Simplified exposure monitoring recordkeeping requirements for small businesses Reduces paperwork
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