On Nov. 24, 2004, OSHA said that it is engaging in an overall effort to update OSHA standards that reference or include language taken directly from outdated consensus standards. This included a proposed direct final rule to revoke references to outdated industry and consensus standards.
As part of the direct final rule approach, OSHA also published a proposed rule in the same Federal Register notice. The agency stated that if significant adverse comments were received, they would withdraw the direct final rule.
OSHA has determined that a comment received will be treated as a significant adverse comment. It will address comments on the direct final and proposed rules in a new final rule, which the agency expects to issue shortly.
OSHA will not institute a second comment period.