OSHA’s Standard Improvement Project (SIP) – SIPs IV
OSHA proposed to revise 1904.10(b)(6) of the recordkeeping rule with language that would assist employers to comply with the requirements for recording hearing loss.
Title 29 CFR 1904.5 applies to the determination criteria for work-relatedness of all occupational injuries and illnesses, which includes hearing loss. OSHA had proposed adding a cross reference to this section to clarify requirements for physicians or other licensed health care providers (PLHCPs) when making a determination of work-relatedness for cases of hearing loss. The final rule is identical to the proposed rule.
Subpart Z of Parts 1910, 1915, AND 1926 – Toxic and Hazardous Substances in Asbestos, Inorganic Arsenic, Cadmium, Coke Oven Emissions, and Acrylonitrile.
OSHA proposed three revisions. The first revision was to remove the requirement that employers provide periodic x-rays to screen for lung cancer – the requirement for a baseline x-ray remains in the standards. The second provision was to allow employers to use digital radiography and other reasonably sized films for x-rays. The final rule is the same as the proposal. The third revision was to update terminology and references to the ILO guidelines included in the Asbestos standard. The final rule is nearly identical to the proposal with a few minor changes to address some language from NIOSH.
Subpart Z of Part 1910 – Toxic and Hazardous Substances, Cotton dust in 29 CFR 1910.1043 – OSHA originally proposed to update the lung-function testing requirements to align them with current practices and technology with slight modifications based on language from NIOSH.
Subpart F of 1915 – General Working Conditions, Definition in 29 CFR 1915.80. Paragraph (b)(33) of 1915.80 defines the term “vermin” as insects, birds, and other animals including rodents and feral cats that may create safety and health hazards for employees.
Subpart D of Part 1926 – Occupational Health and Environmental Controls and first aid in 29 CFR 1926.50.
Subpart D of Part 1926 – Occupational and Environmental Controls, Gases, vapor, fumes, dusts, and mists in 29 CFR 1926.55 – These provisions establish exposure limits for many toxic chemicals used during construction activities.
Subpart D of part 1926 – Occupational Health and Environmental Controls – Process Safety Management of highly hazardous chemicals in 29 CFR 1926.64 – In order to avoid duplication OSHA proposed removing the entire 31 pages of regulatory text under 1926.64 and adding a cross reference to the identical general industry standard under 29 CFR 1910.119. The final standard is identical to the proposal.
Subpart E of Part 1926 – Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment, safety belts, life lines, and lanyards.
Subpart G of Part 1926 – Signs, signals, and barricades – Subpart G has required that employers comply with Part 6 of the manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), the 1988 Edition, Revision 3 – 1988 edition or December 2000 edition.
Subpart H of Part 1926 – Materials Handling, Storage, Use, and Disposal, General requirements for storage in 29 CFR 1926.250 – Subpart H of OSHA’s construction standards govern the handling, storage, use, and disposal of construction materials on a worksite.
Subpart S of Part 1926 – Underground Construction, Caissons, Cofferdams, and compressed air, Underground construction in 29 CFR 1026.800 – OSHA required under 1926.800(k)(10)(ii) that mobile diesel-powered equipment used in “other gassy operations” underground be approved by MSHA in accordance with provisions of 30 CFR Part 32, or that the employer can demonstrate that the equipment is:”fully equivalent” to MSHA-approved equipment.
Subpart Z of Part 1926 – Toxic and Hazardous Substances, Coke oven emissions in 29 CFR 1926.1129 – This construction standard regulates exposure to coke oven emissions in construction.
OSHA incorporated this standard into 1926 standards. OSHA did not discuss the application of coke ovens to construction. The provisions of the coke oven standard, however, do not fit with construction work, thus OSHA proposed deleting the standard from construction which was enacted in the final standard.
Additional revisions to paragraphs and appendices in 29 CFR 1910, 1915, and 1926 to remove Social Security Number collection requirements.
Note – in OSHA’s final SIP IV standard the Agency goes into a lot of detail on the specifics for each update. For more information refer to the complete SIPs standard from OSHA.