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OSHA Direct Final Rule Updates Signage Standards

Posted in on Tue, Jun 18, 2013

OSHA has issued a direct final rule to update its general industry and construction signage standards by adding references to the latest versions of the ANSI standards on specifications for accident prevention signs and tags, ANSI Z535.1-2006(R2011), Z535.2-2011 and Z535.5-2011.  However, OSHA is retaining the existing references to the earlier ANSI standards, ANSI Z53.1-1967, Z35.1-1968 and Z35.2-1968, in its signage standards, which gives employers an option to comply with the updated or earlier standards. OSHA also is incorporating by reference Part VI of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (“MUTCD”), 1988 Edition, Revision 3, into the incorporation-by-reference section of the construction standards.  OSHA inadvertently omitted this edition of the MUTCD during an earlier rulemaking, and amending citations in two provisions of the construction standards to show the correct incorporation-by-reference section. This direct final rule will become effective on September 11, 2013, unless OSHA receives a significant adverse comment to this direct final rule or the companion proposal by July 15, 2013.

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