Regulations (Preambles to Final Rules) - Table of Contents Regulations (Preambles to Final Rules) - Table of Contents
• Record Type: Occupational Exposure to Asbestos, Tremolite, Anthophyllite and Actinolite [1988]
• Section: 4
• Title: Section 4 - IV. Economic and Environmental Impacts

IV. ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

OSHA anticipates no major economic or environmental impacts from the promulgation of the excursion limit. In most manufacturing sectors, estimated annual compliance costs fall below $100,000. The highest compliance costs in manufacturing will be felt in secondary gasket production and primary friction products. In these two sectors the additional annual compliance costs are not expected to exceed one-half of one percent of annual revenue. Thus, OSHA does not anticipate a significant economic impact in manufacturing due to compliance with the excursion limit.

Although automotive repair is expected to face compliance costs to meet the excursion limit, these costs were estimated previously and were applied to the economic impact computed in the RIA. The overall economic impact on this sector as described in the original RIA was not significant.

Compliance costs in the construction industry are expected to be higher than in general industry. OSHA estimates that annual compliance costs in a/c pipe installation will be approximately $1,500 per exposed worker, while the per-worker costs in routine maintenance in commercial/residential buildings and in routine maintenance in general industry will be $1,400 and $300, respectivelly. However, OSHA expects that firms within the affected sectors will be able to pass along compliance costs to the building owners and project developers. As noted in OSHA's Asbestos RIA, higher construction and maintenance costs are routinely passed forward to owners and developers. Further, annual compliance costs in these sectors represent a minor percentage of the total value of the structure being built or repaired. Therefore, it is anticipated that the impact of the excursion limit on final rents and prices will be negligible.

In accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, OSHA has assessed the economic impact of a 1 f/cc excursion limit on small establishments and certifies that those establishments will not be adversely affected. In addition, OSHA does not forsee a significant environmental impact from the excursion limit provision.

[53 FR 35609, Sept. 14, 1988]

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