Temporary Stay for Confined Spaces Rule Extended

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The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) this week announced a decision to further delay enforcement of the new Confined Spaces in Construction Standard, this time for an additional 60 days. The agency would have resumed issuing citations for rule violations today, but will now hold off until March 8.

The temporary stay applies to construction on single-family homes, duplexes and townhouses in federal jurisdictions. And OSHA has said that any employer making good-faith efforts to comply with the standard, which became effective Aug. 3, 2015, will be exempt from citations.

Please note that OSHA-approved state plan enforcement dates may vary; for more information visit osha.gov/dcsp/osp. Employers governed by federal OSHA can find additional details on the rulemaking and how to comply in the NAHB Confined Spaces in Construction Toolkit.


Regina McMichael, CSP, President, The Learning Factory

Regina McMichael, CSP, President, The Learning Factory

Members attending the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas may find the education session— Stuck Between the Attic & The Crawl Space: Making Sense of OSHA’s New Confined Space Rule—helpful in navigating the new requirements.

Regina McMichael, certified safety professional and president of The Learning Factory, a safety and risk education and training company headquartered in Clemson, S.C., will offer expert guidance on how to define and identify confined space hazards and controls, and review methods for compliance.

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