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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

OSHA Committee Approves Changes To Safety Signs

A special meeting of Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) construction advisory committee on March 18th approved a proposed rule to update OSHA's standard on Accident Prevention Signs and Tags in Construction (29 CFR 1926.200). The proposed new rule updates OSHA's standard so that it references the current American National Standards Institute consensus standards for safety signs

The existing OSHA standard references an ANSI sign standard that is 40 years old. This has resulted in some confusion because the ANSI standard has changed while OSHA continued to reference the older safety sign standard.

The Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that: "Witnesses told the committee that many employers continue to post and buy signs that meet the old standards, instead of using signs that meet the latest standards. If the proposed rule change is adopted, employers could keep their existing signs on display and purchase ones that meet the old or new standard, said Ken Stevanus, a staff member of OSHA’s Directorate of Standards and Guidance."

Read the story in the Society For Human Resource Management.

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