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OSHA creating forms to help with applying for variances

Washington – OSHA is developing a new set of forms intended to help employers who apply for variances from certain requirements in federal worker protection standards.

Employers must follow specific procedures when applying for a variance. Four types of variances exist (temporary, experimental, permanent and national defense), and each variance requires employers to provide certain information. However, the agency does not offer any forms on preparing the applications.

The new forms are intended to organize and clarify the information collection requirements and expedite the process for employers. The forms will be made available on the agency’s website, according to OSHA.

Details of the proposed forms were released in an Aug. 20 Federal Register notice. OSHA is requesting public comment on a proposal to get approval for information collection requirements related to the issue. Comments are due Oct. 20.