OSHA Issues Final Rule Enhancing Worker Safety and Health

OSHA has issued a final rule revising 14 provisions in its recordkeeping, general industry, maritime, and construction standards that might be outdated, confusing, or unnecessary.

The current review, the fourth in this ongoing effort, the Standards Improvement ProjectPhase IV (SIP-IV), reduces regulatory burden while maintaining or enhancing worker safety and health, and improving privacy protections.

OSHA also stated in a press release that the changes are expected to save employers an estimated total of $6.1 million per year.

The final rule is the fourth under OSHA’s Standards Improvement Project, which started in 1995 as a response to a presidential memorandum to improve government regulations.

OSHA is also removing from its standards the requirements that employers include an employee’s social security number (SSN) on exposure monitoring, medical surveillance, and other records in order to protect employee privacy and prevent identity fraud.