OSHA issues Standards Improvement proposed rule

Changes to impact recordkeeping for hearing loss, lockout/tagout requirements

Posted October 6, 2016

In the October 4 Federal Register OSHA published a proposed rule to update its regulations in response to the President’s Executive Order 13563 “Improving Regulations and Regulatory Review.” The purpose of the update is to remove or revise outdated, duplicative, unnecessary, and inconsistent requirements in the safety and health standards.

OSHA is proposing 18 revisions to existing standards in its recordkeeping, general industry, maritime, and construction standards, with most of the revisions to its construction standards. Several of the proposed changes are outlined below.

Recordkeeping for hearing loss. The changes would align the requirements with the current compliance directive (Recordkeeping Policies and Procedures Manual CPL 02-00-135). The reference specifies that employers must comply with the provisions of §1904.5 (Determination of work-relatedness) when making a determination of whether a worker’s hearing loss is work-related.

Lockout/tagout. The revisions would remove the word “unexpected” from the scope of the standard. OSHA believes the term has been misinterpreted to exclude some operations where employees are subject to injury from startup or the release of stored energy

OSHA proposal also includes:

  • Updating the consensus standard incorporated by reference for signs and devices used to protect workers near automobile traffic,
  • Revising the requirements for roll-over protective structures to comply with current consensus standards, and
  • Updating the storage of digital x-rays and the method of calling emergency services to allow for use of current technology

1910 OSHA GuideOSHA Rules for General Industry: 1910 and Other Essential Regulations puts OSHA’s workplace safety regulations in a reader-friendly format.


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