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OSHA final rule sets new process for making changes to State Plans

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Washington – A new rule from OSHA aims to streamline the process of implementing changes to State Plans.

An identical proposed and final rule were published in the Aug. 18 Federal Register. The rule eliminates references to standards that no longer apply, and deletes provisions that require State Plans to keep paper copies of approved programs and submit multiple copies of proposed State Plan documents to OSHA. Other rights and responsibilities of State Plans remain unchanged.

Comments on the direct final rule are due Sept. 17. The rule is scheduled to go into effect Oct. 19 unless the agency receives “significant” adverse comments – in which case the agency will proceed with the proposed rule.