V. Effective Date
In developing the final rule, OSHA has considered whether a delayed
effective date is necessary for any of the provisions of the standard.
Employers will need time to integrate their procedures for complying with the
provisions in this standard as applied to land-side confined and enclosed
spaces and other dangerous atmospheres. Although the record indicates that
the new provisions (training, rescue, and duties to other employers) being
used on board vessels and vessel sections are current industry practice,
under this standard they also have been expanded to include land-side
operations. OSHA believes that a period of 90 days will be adequate for this
purpose, since most of the requirements in the final rule do not require
extensive training or major modifications of existing work practices. This
amount of time will be adequate for employers to ensure that their work
practices conform to the requirements of the revised standard.
[59 FR 37816, July 25, 1994]