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Say What? Congressman Introduces Bill to Simplify OSHA Regulation Wording
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does its best to try and provide a safe and healthy working environment, but reading and interpreting OSHA regulations can be a little frustrating. Once you dig into the details, the jargon and detailed information can be even more confusing!
One member of congress sees an opportunity to make it easier for businesses to understand the regulations they must comply with.
On January 18, 2012, Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley introduced the Plain Regulations Act (H.R. 3786). This bill is intended to improve the effectiveness
and accountability of Federal agencies like OSHA to the public by promoting clear regulations that are easier for the government to implement and for the public to interpret.
"Gobbledygook dominates the regulations issued by government agencies, making it almost impossible for small businesses to understand the rules of the road." Braley states in a recent press release. “The Plain Regulations Act would simplify rules, saving small businesses time and freeing up money that can be better used investing in growing the business and creating jobs.”
Simplifying and condensing OSHA standards makes a lot of sense. Not only will it reduce the amount of time and money required to decipher the cryptic language in standards today, it also will increase comprehension of violations and the necessary steps required to comply with OSHA regulations.
OSHA has recognized that some of their regulations are a bit long-winded. In their most recent update to a new Hazard Classification System, they reduced the amount of text in virtually every section, adding additional appendices where information that is more detailed is necessary.
Take a look at the difference in the Hazard Classification section 1910.1200(d) from the original version in 1994 as compared to the one released this year. This is just one section out of one standard- OSHA mandates businesses to comply to dozens of standards annually.
If the Plain Regulation Act passes, you will see more and more standards mandated by OSHA and other Federal Agencies include simplifications like you see here.
1910.1200(d) Hazard classification
|HCS 1994||HCS 2012|
(d)(1) Chemical manufacturers and importers shall evaluate chemicals produced in their workplaces or imported by them to
(d)(2) Chemical manufacturers, importers or employers
(d) Hazard classification.
(d)(1) Chemical manufacturers and importers shall evaluate chemicals produced in their workplaces or imported by them to classify the chemicals in accordance with this section. For each chemical, the chemical manufacturer or importer shall determine the hazard classes, and where appropriate, the category of each class that apply to the chemical being classified. Employers are not required to classify chemicals unless they choose not to rely on the classification performed by the chemical manufacturer or importer for the chemical to satisfy this requirement.
(d)(2) Chemical manufacturers, importers or employers classifying chemicals shall identify and consider the full range of available scientific literature and other evidence concerning the potential hazards. There is no requirement to test the chemical to determine how to classify its hazards. Appendix Ato §1910.1200 shall be consulted for classification of health hazards, and Appendix Bto §1910.1200 shall be consulted for the classification of physical hazards.
(d)(3)(i)Chemical manufacturers, importers, or employers evaluating chemicals shall follow the procedures described in Appendices A and B to §1910.1200 to classify the hazards of the chemicals, including determinations regarding when mixtures of the classified chemicals are covered by this section.
(d)(3)(ii) When classifying mixtures they produce or import, chemical manufacturers and importers of mixtures may rely on the information provided on the current safety data sheets of the individual ingredients except where the chemical manufacturer or importer knows, or in the exercise of reasonable diligence should know, that the safety data sheet misstates or omits information required by this section.
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