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OSHA Publishes Direct Final Rule to Revise Mechanical Power Presses Standard

Posted in on Fri, Dec 20, 2013

OSHA is making two main revisions to its Mechanical Power Presses Standard.  First, OSHA is revising a provision that requires employers to develop and maintain certification records of periodic inspections performed on the presses by adding a requirement that they develop and maintain certification records of any maintenance and repairs they perform on the presses during the periodic inspections.  Second, OSHA is removing the requirement from another provision that employers develop and maintain certification records of weekly inspections and tests performed on the presses.  OSHA states that this rulemaking is part of the Department of Labor’s initiative to reduce paperwork burden and remove 613,600 hours of employers’ paperwork burden while maintaining employee protection.  OSHA published a companion proposal sue of the Federal Register taking the same action.  This direct final rule will become effective on February 18, 2014 unless OSHA receives a significant adverse comment on this direct final rule or on the companion proposal by December 20, 2013. If OSHA receives adverse comment, it will publish a timely withdrawal of the direct final rule in the Federal Register.

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