OSHA is making available its look-back study for the agency's construction standard on excavations. The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 directs OSHA to review and evaluate the effectiveness of its standards and the impact those standards have had on lowering injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the workplace. The agency undertook the review of the standard to determine whether the rule should be continued without change or should be amended or revoked. OSHA concluded the standard should remain in effect, but it will issue some improved guidance and training materials to help employers keep their employees safe. Details of the look-back appeared in the March 29Federal Register. See link below for details.
OSHA Concludes Excavations Act Review (4/18)
April 18, 2007