Agency withdraws proposed rule change due to employer concerns
The program offers free and confidential safety and health advice to small and mid-sized companies, especially those considered high-hazard sites. Employers who complete the consultation visit, correct any hazards identified, and implement an ongoing safety and health program to identify and correct hazards may achieve status in OSHA's Safety and Health Recognition Program. Those who receive the status get an exemption from OSHA's programmed inspection schedule during a specified period.
The proposed rule provided "clarification of the length of the exemption period provided to 'recognized' sites that have been removed from OSHA's programmed inspection schedule and the initiation of certain unprogrammed inspections at both sites that have achieved recognition and sites undergoing a consultation visit," OSHA said in a statement. "OSHA is withdrawing this rule based on stakeholder concerns that proposed changes, though relatively minor, would discourage employers from participating in the program."
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published in September 2010. Despite the decision, OSHA officials said they "remain committed to encouraging participation in this program."
By Nancy Grover
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October 14, 2013
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