OSHA Proposes Simplified Process For Changes To State Plans
OSHA has proposed to streamline the process for changes to state plans. The proposal would allow revisions to state plan descriptions without going through formal rulemaking or publication in the Code of Federal Regulations. Among other things, these descriptions cover Voluntary Protection Plan (VPP) requirements in state plan jurisdictions. OSHA has two alternative paths for this change to take effect – a direct final rule and a notice of proposed rulemaking. Under the direct final rule, the changes will take effect on October 19, 2015. If OSHA receives significant opposition, the proposed revisions will instead be pursued through the traditional rulemaking process.
Comments are being accepted through September 17, 2015. 25 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved state plans.