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OSHA Revokes Obsolete Variances for Cylindrical Steel Tanks

Posted in on Fri, Apr 5, 2013

OSHA has published a notice revoking 24 obsolete variances it granted between 1975 and 1977 to 24 companies engaged in the construction of cylindrical steel tanks.  The variances specified several conditions that served as an alternative means of compliance to the falling-object-protection and fall-protection requirements of the standard governing general requirements for scaffolds in effect during this period. In 1996, OSHA revised its scaffolds standards for construction to include provisions that essentially duplicated the conditions specified by these
variances.  Therefore, OSHA believes the alternative means of compliance granted
by the variances is no longer necessary and is revoking the variances.  Based on comments received in response to a December 2011 notice proposing to revoke these variances, in August 2012, OSHA published a Federal Register notice correcting several cross references in OSHA’s scaffolds standards for construction. This notice takes into account the corrected cross references.  The effective date of the revocation was March 4, 2013.

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