OSHA extends temporary enforcement measures in residential construction
Posted February 17, 2012
OSHA has extended its temporary enforcement measures in residential construction through September 15, 2012.
Initially, the temporary enforcement measures —which consist of priority free on-site compliance assistance, penalty reductions, extended abatement dates, measures to assure consistency, and increased outreach — were set to expire on March 15, 2012. However, OSHA would like to continue working with employers to ensure a clear understanding of, and to facilitate compliance with, the new policy. Over the past year, OSHA has worked closely with the industry, conducting over 1,000 outreach sessions nationwide to assist employers in complying with the new directive (Compliance Guidance for Residential Construction, STD 03-11-002).
The temporary enforcement measures and policy guidance must be followed by all OSHA area offices for enforcement of the new residential fall protection directive. All of the measures described in the policy apply only to employers that are, at a minimum, following the old directive (STD 03-00-001). If the employer is not complying with either the new directive or the old directive, the area director must issue appropriate citations.
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