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Regulations (Preambles to Final Rules) - Table of Contents
• Record Type: Coke Oven Emissions and Inorganic Arsenic
• Section: 1
• Title: Section 1 - I. Background

I. Background

OSHA has made a continuing effort to eliminate confusing, outdated, and duplicative requirements from its standards and regulations. In 1978 and again in 1984, the Agency conducted revocation and revision projects that resulted in the elimination of hundreds of unnecessary provisions. In response to the President's Memorandum of March 4, 1995, which requested Agencies to review and stream-line their regulations, the Agency continued this effort by conducting a line-by-line review of its regulations to determine where they could be eliminated, simplified or clarified. As a result of this review, OSHA completed a document on May 31, 1995, entitled "OSHA's Regulatory Reform Initiatives" (Ex. L- 5). That document detailed the Agency's findings as to which regulations could be deleted or revised without reducing employee health and safety. OSHA stated in that document that clarifying, deleting, or revising these regulations would improve employer compliance and, consequently, enhance safety and health protection for employees.

The Agency began the rulemaking process that would implement the changes identified in the review with an administrative notice that made minor clarifications and technical amendments to OSHA standards (61 FR 9228, March 7, 1996). In a second notice, duplicate health provisions from the shipyard and construction standards were eliminated and replaced with cross-references to the identical text in the general industry standards (61 FR 31427, June 20, 1996). Eliminating these duplicate provisions has reduced the number of pages devoted to OSHA rules in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) without changing the substantive requirements of the standards.

On July 22, 1996 (61 FR 37849), OSHA proposed substantive changes to certain standards that the Agency believed are unnecessary to, duplicative of, or inconsistent with the protection of worker safety and health. OSHA requested comments and set 60 days for their receipt. The final changes supported by the public record, and reflected in the Federal Register notice being published today, complete the regulatory action initiated with the July, 1996 Federal Register notice. OSHA is also reducing paperwork burden by deleting the requirements for sputum- cytology examinations and reducing the frequency of chest x-rays for workers covered by the arsenic and coke oven emissions standards.

Regulations (Preambles to Final Rules) - Table of Contents

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