NAHB Challenges OSHA Confined Spaces in Construction Standard

Filed in Legal, Safety by on July 1, 2015 1 Comment

NAHB today filed a Petition for Review challenging the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) agency’s final confined spaces in construction standard issued on May 4, 2015.

hardhatgavelThe new standard for construction work in confined spaces will be effective starting Aug. 3, 2015. The confined space standard applies to workers who must enter spaces that are not designed for continuous occupancy and are difficult to exit in the event of an emergency, such as manholes, crawl spaces, and attics.

OSHA published its proposed rule for confined spaces in construction in November 2007, and NAHB submitted comments in February 2008 stating concerns that OSHA’s proposed Confined Spaces in Construction Standard is confusing, unduly onerous and would impose disproportionate burdens on general contractors in the residential construction industry. In addition to submitting comments, NAHB testified at the July 2008 public hearing on this rulemaking to further voice concerns regarding the proposed rule.

NAHB will host a free webinar on the new confined spaces rule on July 7 from 2-3 p.m. ET. The webinar, entitled The New Confined Spaces in Construction: The Big Picture, should help bring builders and developers up to speed on the requirements of the new rule.

In the meantime, this fact sheet provides easy-to-read details about the confined space rule, and NAHB has also pulled together some additional resources that may help with compliance.

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