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OSHRC finalizes revisions to its procedural rules

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Washington — The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has finalized what it calls “comprehensive” revisions to its procedural rules, in part to reflect technological advances.

The changes are slated to take effect June 10, according to a final rule published in the April 10 Federal Register. OSHRC is an independent federal agency created by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to rule on disputes of citations or penalties resulting from OSHA inspections.

The revised rules apply to all cases docketed on or after June 10 and to any proceedings in cases still pending on that day, “except to the extent that their application would be infeasible or would work an injustice, in which event the present rules apply.”

 

Among the changes are mandatory electronic filing for “represented” parties and a new method intended to streamline calculating time periods. OSHRC details the changes in its Commission Rules Revision Comparison Document. The commission’s previous procedural rules revision occurred in 2005.

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