OSHA WITHDRAWS REINTERPRETATION OF “NOISE” PROPOSAL

January 19, 2011

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that it is withdrawing its proposed interpretation titled “Interpretation of OSHA’s Provisions for Feasible Administrative or Engineering Controls of Occupational Noise.”  The interpretation would have clarified the term “feasible administrative or engineering controls” as used in OSHA’s noise standard.  The proposed interpretation was published in the Federal Register on Oct. 19, 2010.

PMPA alerted the industry  and other metalworking associations to this proposed reinterpretation when it was first published in the Federal Register. We wrote requesting an extension for comments and fact finding. We have been gathering data to establish the cost burden of the proposal on the small manufacturing businesses that we serve.

Thanks to all who joined with PMPA, our members who commented, and other metalworking associations who also commented and made their concerns known.

As a result of effective associating, this ill-conceived proposal has been withdrawn.

You can read the OSHA Announcement here.

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