June 5, 2007 The Pump Handle 0Comment

OSHA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) asking for public input for a possible new safety regulation on mechanical power presses.  The existing OSHA regulation is based on a 1971 standard issued by the American National Standards Institute.  The ANPRM lists 37 specific questions, and the responses provided by commenters will help the agency decide whether and/or in what manner to proceed to proposing a new rule.  In announcing the ANPRM, OSHA Asst. Secretary Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. said

“This standard has been around as long as OSHA.  …This effort will allow us to address industry consensus standards, technical and cost issues and training, as well as reporting and recordkeeping requirements in our continuing effort to help keep this nation’s working men and women safer at work.”

Comments are due by August 3, 2007.

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