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Fred Rine, CEO of FDRsafety and former long-time Managing Director of Safety and Health at FedEx
Jim Stanley, President of FDRsafety and former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA
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Rule coming, at long last, on confined space in construction

January 15th, 2013 posted by Jim Stanley

Jim Stanley

As I recently wrote, one of the best ways OSHA could help improve safety would be to update its own regulations, some of which are decades out of date.

But there’s another serious problem: regulations that have never made it to the starting gate. An example is the final rule on confined spaces in construction. The rule has been a decade in the making, and OSHA said in a recent update to its regulatory agenda that it anticipates issuing the rule in July.

The general industry standard has never been extended to construction because of the unique circumstances at construction sites. While that is true, it is not a valid reason to take a decade to write a rule.

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