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TRADE NEWS RELEASE
January 8, 2003
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999
ON STANDARDS IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced today it is extending until Jan. 30, 2003, the period for comments on the second phase of its standards improvement project.
OSHA first proposed the revisions on Oct. 31. The original comment period was scheduled to end Dec. 30, 2002; however, numerous parties have requested an extension to provide a thorough review and response to the substantive provisions proposed for changes. Those parties were notified of the extension before the end of last year.
The project addresses 40 provisions in 23 health standards for general industry, maritime and construction that are inconsistent, duplicative, or outdated. The changes in the standards are expected to reduce the regulatory burdens on employers while maintaining the safety and health protections afforded to employees.
OSHA first made several substantive revisions in 1998 to its health and safety standards. The agency has since identified other regulatory provisions involving notification of use, frequency of exposure monitoring and medical surveillance, and similar provisions that may be unnecessary or ineffective in protecting worker safety and health.
Persons wishing to comment, should send three copies of their comments, postmarked not later than Jan. 30, 2003, to: Docket Office, Docket S-778-A, Room N2625, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20210. Comments of 10 pages or less may be faxed to the Docket Office at (202) 693-1648.
Comments may also be submitted electronically to http://ecomments.osha.gov. Further information on submitting comments can be obtained by calling the Docket Office at (202) 693-2350.
The comment period extension was announced in the Jan. 8, 2003, Federal Register.
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