OSHA Asks for Information to Update Construction Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Dec. 6 issued a Request for Information as part of the fourth phase of its Standards Improvement Project (SIP-IV), which is meant to revise or remove standards that are confusing, outdated or duplicate, or are inconsistent with other standards. 

The SIP rulemaking process began in 1996 in response to a presidential memo to improve regulation and regulatory review. The purpose of SIP is to reduce the regulatory burden while maintain or enhancing worker safety and health. SIP-IV focuses primarily on OSHA’s construction standards. 

OSHA is encouraging employers, employees and employee representatives to submit recommendations for construction standards that should be revised, along with supporting evidence. 

Comments may be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov