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2249. SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAMS FOR CONSTRUCTION
Priority: Economically Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is undetermined.
Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655; 29 USC 657; 40 USC 333
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1926
Legal Deadline: None
Abstract: In response to industry requests and OSHA's Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) recommendation, OSHA has determined that the current safety and health program standards contained in subpart C of the construction standards, 29 CFR 1926, need to be revised to provide construction employers with a more comprehensive set of requirements to assist them in establishing safety and health programs. Safety and health programs have proven to be an effective, systematic method of identifying and correcting existing workplace safety and health hazards, as well as preventing those that might arise in the future.
The ACCSH has been working to develop recommendations for OSHA on safety and health programs and training in construction for many years. After its April 1996 meeting, ACCSH began to develop language and concepts to submit to OSHA for consideration as a proposed rule. Over 130 stakeholders representing small, medium and large contractors and host employers and stakeholders (such as petroleum producers; contractor associations; labor unions; other governmental agencies; and non-profit institutions) have participated in these ACCSH discussions.
Although OSHA is still developing the details of a new proposed safety and health program standard, the proposal will require employers to set up a program for managing workplace safety and health in order to reduce the incidence of occupational deaths, injuries, and illnesses. The standard will not impose duties on employers to control hazards that they are not already required to control. Instead, the standard will provide a basic framework for systematically identifying and controlling workplace hazards already covered by the OSH Act under section 5(a)(1) and current OSHA standards.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
Government Levels Affected: Undetermined
Additional Information: A separate standard is being developed for general industry (29 CFR 1910) and the maritime (29 CFR 1915, 1917 and 1918) industries.
Agency Contact: Russel B. Swanson,
Director, Directorate of Construction, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room S1506, FP Building, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 219-8644
Fax: 202 219-6599
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